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Florence Nightingale

She was born in 1820 to a wealthy family and named after the city she was born in. At the age of 17, Florence felt that God was calling her to do something. It wasn't until latter that she became interested in nursing.Florence’s parents felt that nursing was below someone of her station and forbid her from leaning it.When she was 31, her parents allowed her to study nursing in Germany.She became the superintendent of a hospital for gentle women in 1853 and the Crimean War started in 1854.Sidney Herbert, the war minister, asked Florence to oversee a team of nurses in Turkey.She returned from Turkey in 1856 and in 1860, opened the Nightingale Training School for nurses in London. She died in 1910.

1820 - Birth 1850- Studied Nursing in Germany1853 - Became Superintendent of Hospital1854 - Crimean War Began1854 - Florence left for Turkey with 38 other women1856 - Returned to England1860 - The Nightingale Training school for Nurses established1860 - 'Notes on Nursing' published1910 - Death

UPON the whitewashed wallA woman's shadow fallsA woman walketh o'er the darksome floors.A soft, angelic smilLighteth her face the whileIn passing through the dismalcorridorsAnd now and then there slipA word from out her lipsMore sweet and grateful to thoselistening earThan the most plaintive taleOf the sad nightingaleWhose name and tenderness thiswoman bearsHer presence in the roomOf agony and gloomNo fretful murmurs, no coarsewords profaneFor while she standeth thereAll words are hushed save prayerShe seems God's angel weepingo'er man's painAnd some of them ariseWith eager, tearful eyesFrom off their couch to see herpassing bySome, e'en too weak for thisCan only stoop and kissHer shadow, and fall back contentto dieNo monument of stoneNeeds this heroic one,Her name is graven on each nobleheartAnd in all after yearHer praise will be the tearsWhich at that name fromquivering lids will startAnd those who live not nowTo see the sainted browAnd the angelic smile before itflits for ayeThey in the future ageWill kiss the storied pageWhereon the shadow of her lifewill lie.

Lasting Impact


Florence Nightingales “Notes on Nursing” is still influential today and her practices are still being used today.During the Crimean War, she collected data and eventually created the “Polar-area diagram”.She developed a Model Hospital Statistical Form for hospitals to “collect and generate consistent data and statistics.” (Audain)

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Florence Nightingale



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'Notes on Nursing' was written by Florence to help future nurses and covers various topics concerning sanitation and military health.In “Notes on Nursing”, Florence talks about a wide variety of subjects. These include; ventilation and warming, health of houses, noise, variety, taking food, what food?, bed and bedding, light, cleanliness of rooms and walls, personal cleanliness, chattering hopes and advices, and observation of the sick.Florence Nightingale encourages future nurses and gives them the confidence that they need to continue their work and/or studies. Florence Nightingale’s “Notes on Nursing” is very informative and helps future nurses overcome struggles that they face. Florence encourages future nurses in a society where nursing is looked down upon and thought of as a job for a person of low station. Florence help future nurses overcome society’s standards on nursing.



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