Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)


Inspiration for Activism!

  • Vision of nurses as agents of societal and individual reform.
  • Coupled care with political activism directed at laws and social conditions

    Florence Nightingale

    contributing to ill health.

  • Not only reduced mortality rates in the Crimea but influenced subsequent army reforms related to medical training and sanitation; advised foreign governments on such matters.
  • Credited for inspiring both the founding of the Red Cross and the Geneva Convention.
  • Advocated for workhouse reforms, including the provision of trained nursing care and drafting administrative framework for the Metropolitan Poor Act of 1867, which led eventually to the National Health Services Act of 1946.
  • Laid the foundation for professional nursing by establishing the world’s first secular training school for nurses at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London

More information here.

Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not, available for download at no cost

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