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All about Florence Nightingale

Nightingale, Florence (1820-1910), completely changed people's attitude towards nursing in the 1800's. She organized care for wounded British soldiers in the Crimean War in Turkey and was the first woman to give good hospital care to soldiers fighting outside their own country. Soldiers called Florence 'the lady with the lamp', because she walked through their hospital wards at night and the light from her lamp was a symbol of her care.

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All about Florence Nightingale

A portrait of Florence Nightingale, the 'Lady with the Lamp'

Scutari, where many of the British wounded from the Crimean war were taken, was a converted Turkish barracks. Florence Nightingale transformed it into an efficient hospital

Florence Nightingale was born near Florence, in Italy, where her wealthy parents were living. She spent most of her early life in England. She took an interest in helping other people, especially if they were ill. She studied nursing, and at 33 took charge of a London hospital. The British became angry when they learned that wounded British soldiers fighting in the Crimea had no proper care. Florence Nightingale went to the Crimea to take charge of nursing the wounded soldiers. She left England with 38 nurses.

The problems Florence faced were enormous, but she proved to be a brilliant organizer. She made sure the hospital was clean, and she made the government send supplies. She worked very hard, and nearly died from fever. But she recovered and stayed until the end of the war. When she returned, she went quietly home and then moved to London to continue her nursing studies. The strain of overwork made her an invalid, but for the rest of her life she continued her efforts to improve nursing care.

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