Florence Nightingale, the daughter of William Shore Nightingale, a wealthy English landowner in Florence, Italy, was born in that city in 1820 and from that city she took her given name. When a mere child she returned with her parents to England where she lived on her father's estate of Lea Hurst, Derbyshire. She was highly educated, being thoroughly at home in the French, German, and Italian languages. Her inclination toward philanthropy manifested itself early in life and she did much for the poor neighbors around her English home.
Florence Nightingale lived to a ripe old age of 90 and died August 13, 1910. She is buried in a Hampshire churchyard in England. Despite her worldwide fame, she has a simple tombstone which lists only the initials of her name and the years she was born and died.
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
Florence Nightingale was born in the city of , Italy on 12 May 1820. She was the second daughter of wealthy parents (her elder sister was called Parthenope) Her mother wanted Florence to marry a rich man. However Florence was a devout Christian and when she was 17 she felt God was calling her to serve him. At first Florence was not sure how God wanted her to serve but by 1844 she was convinced she was to nurse the sick. Her parents, William and Frances were horrified because at that time nursing was definitely not a respectable job! Nurses were often drunk and conditions in hospitals were dreadful. Her family tried to talk Florence out of it but she was determined. A man named Richard Monckton Miles tried to persuade Florence to marry him but she refused even though she adored him. Florence Nightingale was determined to sacrifice herself. Nevertheless it was several years before she got any nursing experience. In 1851 she went to Kaiserwerth in Germany to learn. Then in 1853 she was given her first post reorganizing a small hospital in Harvey Street, London the Institution for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in Distressed Circumstances. Florence Nightingale did an excellent job of reorganizing the hospital.
Florence Nightingale: Claydon House
Truly one of history’s most remarkable women, virtually all of us have experienced or will experience superior healthcare in our time of need due to the efforts and foresight of Florence Nightingale.
Florence Nightingale Hospital – paulawalkerbaker
With her books, public appearances and the spread of Nightingale Nurses, Florence’s healthcare reforms and innovative practices spread throughout the world. Florence even gave advice to American nurses and healthcare workers during the American Civil War of 1861-1865.
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Florence published Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army (1857) and Notes on Nursing/Hospitals (1859), which described her experience and innovative ideas on caring for the sick. Convinced that all nurses should have superior training as she and few others had, Florence instituted the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London in 1860. Graduates of her school were called Nightingale Nurses.
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Florence returned to England in 1856 when the Crimean War ended. She was considered a national heroine and celebrated throughout the land. She received thousands of congratulatory letters and there were even Florence Nightingale ornaments sold throughout Great Britain in celebration.