Florence Nightingale And The Nightingale

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Florence Nightingale, named after the city of Florence, was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. She would pursue a career in nursing and later find herself studying data of the soldiers she so cringingly looking after. Born into the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale took the lead role amongst her and her colleges to improve the inhabitable hospitals all across Great Britten; reduce the death count by more than two-thirds. Her love for helping people didn’t go unnoticed and would continue to increase throughout her life. In 1860 she opened up the St. Tomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses before passing August 13, 1910 in London. Her willingness to care for her patients was never overlooked and wound establishing her image as the “Lady with the Lamp.” As a child Florence was recorded as being awkward in social interactions, she very rarely enjoyed being the center of attention and would turn down the opportunity whenever possible. However, her shyness didn’t interfere with her willingness to help others. Being the youngest of three, her opinion and beliefs were often overlooked as she was expected to follow in the footsteps of those before her; find a husband, reproduce and spend the rest of her life serving them. Although that sounds grand, Florence responded with “I think I am got something more good-natured and complying.” Nightingale belonged to an upper class family, her mother Francis Nightingale, belonged to a family of merchants who took pride in their social interactions with those of the same stature. This however was completely opposite of Florence Nightingale and because of it, they often found themselves bumping heads with one another. However, her father, William Shore Nightingale enc... ... middle of paper ... ...ay in May of 1910 she received a congratulatory message from King George as well as given the Merit of Honor by King Edward; the first women ever to be granted the Merit of Honor. In August 12, 1910 Florence Nightingale suddenly became ill; seemingly she recovered seemed fine. However, one day later, unexpectedly died in her home of London at the age of 90. Never likening being the center of attention, Florence pleaded her loved ones not to make it a big deal, despite the publics’ desire to honor her. Honoring her final request they had a small ceremony and placed her six feet under in a plot at St. Margaret 's Church, East Wellow, in Hampshire, England marking the end of the Lady with the Lamp. Today, the Florence Nightingale Museum is located directly where the Nightingale Training School for Nurses was and is a constant reminder of her hard work and dedication.

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