EARLY LIFE Born May 12, 1820 in Florence Italy; She was named after the city she was born in. She had an older sister named Parthenope. Florence loved to read, travel and write, She wrote in her diary about her adventures, Florence was a popular young lady. She liked helping the poor and visiting hospitals.
EDUCATION Florence had private school lessons in London, England. She secretly studied nursing because her family did not want her to be a nurse. Florence cared for her father and sister when they were ill. In 1851, she went to Kaiserwerth, Germany to officially study nursing.
ADULT LIFE/CAREER She became a superintendent for sick women. She was asked to care for the British in Turkey during the Crimean War. The soldiers called Florence “the lady with the lamp” because she carried a lantern when seeing patients at night.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS After the war, Nightingale Fund along with money from her father was used to open the Nightingale School of Nursing in London in 1860. This was the first scientifically based nursing school. First woman to receive the Order of Merit. Published over 200 books, reports and pamphlets. She introduced to nursing and hospitals new concepts like: hygiene, sanitation, organization and humanity.
IMPACT ON THE WORLD She is consider the founder of modern nursing. She changed the way people think about nursing and made nursing a respectable profession for women. Florence set the standard for modern nursing care. Because of her hospitals are a place to heal not just a place to die.
END OF LIFE She died August 13th , 1910 at home in London She was 90 years old.