Florence Nightingale - The Lady with the Lamp

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Childhood

She was born in Florence in 1820. Her first patient was a sick dog with a broken leg. She loved playing with her dolls and one day she visited a hospital, this changed her life. Image Courtesy: aminute.seesaa.net

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Childhood
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Hospitals

During the 1800’s people who went into hospital often died because hospitals were dirty, badly run and nurses didn’t know what to do. Image Courtesy: www.britishbattles.com

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Hospitals
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Education

Her parents did not want her to become a nurse. Florence studied medicine books herself for years. She was 30 when her parents let her go to Germany and Paris to study nursing. Image Courtesy: images.fineartamerica.com

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The Crimean War

In 1854, the Crimean War broke out when Florence was 34 years old. It was a war between Russia v Turkey (Britain and France). Reports were coming through, about the terrible conditions in hospitals and how many soldiers were dying. Image Courtesy: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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The Crimean War
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Work

Florence Nightingale took 38 nurses - "hand maidens of the Lord." (as she called them) to nurse wounded British soldiers. This was the first time the government had allowed women to do this. There she got to work, scrubbed the floors, cleaned the wards, washing the bedclothes and comforting the wounded soldiers. Image Courtesy: edhird.files.wordpress.com

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The Lady with the Lamp

In the night she carried a lamp so she could look to the needs of the soldiers and thus she got the name "The Lady with the Lamp." Image Courtesy: www.history.com

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The Lady with the Lamp
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Better conditions in hospitals

The wounded along the four miles of beds loved to see her, because she so obviously cared what was happening, and fought for better conditions for them. One soldier wrote home that the men kissed her shadow on the wall when she passed. With proper medical care and improved hospital conditions soldiers began to get better, sitting up, cheerful and happier. Image Courtesy: www.thegalleryofheroes.com

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Better conditions in hospitals
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Recognition

In recognition for her deeds Queen Victoria wrote a letter which said " "Thanking 'Miss Nightingale and her ladies' for all their hard work." She was given a diamond brooch with 'Blessed are the merciful' engraved on it. Image Courtesy: www.minnesotacountrymouse.com

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Fame

Florence was the first woman to be elected a fellow of the Statistical Society and given the British Order of Merit. Until recently her picture was on our British £10 note. Image Courtesy: www.slipperysnake.co.uk

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Rememberance

Florence Nightingale died in 1910 at the age of 90. Image Courtesy: i.telegraph.co.uk

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Rememberance
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