FC: Who changed nursing | Florence Nightingale | By Hannah Bond
1: Florence Nightingale was also known as “Lady of the lamp”. She changed nursing by changing the sanitary issue in hospitals. Florence was always helping with the ill. | Between the years Florence lived, the first hockey game was played. Florence was helping soldiers that were injured and sick during the Crimean War. She helped the soldiers send letters and money home, and she set up classrooms for the soldiers in the hospital.
2: May 12, 1820 in Florence Italy was when and where Florence Nightingale was born. Florence was named after the town she was born in, and it was the same for her sister. William Edward Nightingale was Florence’s wealthy father, and Frances Smith was Florence’s mother who was a strong supporter of the abolition of slavery. In 1818 William and Frances were married and one year later on June 1, 1819 they had their first child, Parthenope. The following year 1820 the women that changed nursing Florence Nightingale was born.
3: Florence’s hobbies were to be neat and accurate to not talk to people but to be in her own world. Most of all she loved to take care of her family, friends and servants when they were sick or injured. Florence was taught at home by her father. She was taught five languages including Greek, Latin, German, French, and Italian at the age of 12. In 1850 Florence began training to become a nurse at the Institute of St. Vincent de faul where she studied in the country of Alexandia, Egypt.
4: When Florence returned from the Crimea war she was given an enormous amount of money that had been donated in her name. Florence refused to take the money for herself. With the money she started the Nightingale Nursing School at St. Thomas Hospital in England. St. Thomas was known for being large, rich and very well managed. All the things Nightingale thought were needed if her school was going to be successful.
5: Before the hospital opened Florence wrote two books in the year 1859. When she wrote “Notes on Nursing” and “Notes on Hospitals” she said the books allowed her opinions to spread. Florence published over 200 reports and pamphlets in her lifetime.
6: Nightingales school opened in June of 1860 with fifteen students. Nightingale had very strict rules with her students, such as any flirtation shown would result in immediate dismissal. | 1860's | The girls were allowed out only in pairs, they each wore a brown uniform, with a white cap and apron. The St. Thomas Hospital continued to expand and by the late 1860s it had out grown its location. It was decided to build a new hospital.
7: Florence was in her late 40s and she regarded herself as old yet despite her poor health, she was determined that the new hospital should be built to the highest of the day. In 1868, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the new hospital but Florence was to ill to attend the ceremony. Three years later, when the building was completed in June 1871, the queen returned to declare the new St. Thomas open it included a larger Nightingale Training school and study. She wasted the school to become a “home” for the nurses that lived and trained there.
8: Florence Nightingale’s death was August 13 1910 at the age of 90.
9: She died in South Street, Parklane, London.
10: During her last nine years she was totally blind. In the year 1907, King Edward VII gave Florence Nightingale The Order of Merit award. Florence was the first ever female to receive it.