May 2020: 200 years since the Birth of Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale, (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was an English social reformer and statistician and the founder of modern nursing.
She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War, where she organised the tending to wounded soldiers. After witnessing the horrors of the war and deploring the inadequacy of care given to the wounded, she laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King's College London.
Florence Nightingale became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds of wounded soldiers at night.