National Nurses Week begins, May 6, and runs through May 12th which is Florence Nightengale’s birthday.
Florence Nightengale (1820-1910) was the founder of modern nursing. She was in charge of British and allied soldiers during the Crimean War. She spent many hours in the wards, and her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded established her image as the “Lady with the Lamp.” Florence Nightengale also established the first nursing school (1860). She was instrumental in setting up training for midwives and nurses in workhouse infirmaries.
photo: Florence Nightengale, c. 1870
c The British Library/Heritage-Images