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Who was Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910), known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” was a British nurse and social reformer best known as the founder of modern nursing.

Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she cared for wounded soldiers by day and by night, helped her realise that keeping a hospital clean and sanitised was of utmost importance. By keeping the hospital where she worked clean, she reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds!

When she came back from the Crimean War, she was given money from the British Government which helped her establish St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19th and 20th centuries and also encouraged people to believe that nursing was an honourable vocation for women. This is why she is known as the founder of modern nursing!