Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing

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May 12 is International Nurses Day, which commemorates the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820/1910), the first “professional nurse.”




In 1854, Florence Nightingale brought 38 volunteer nurses to care for soldiers during the Crimean War. But prior to Nightingale’s involvement, male and female nurses consisted of untrained family members or soldiers who cared for the ill and infirm.



Nightingale was the first to organize nurses and provide standardized roles and responsibilities for the profession. As such, she is credited with founding modern professional nursing. She was also an expert statistician, collecting data on patients and what did and didn’t work to make them better. Nightingale and her nurses improved sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. They provided care and comfort. Their work had a major impact on the survival of soldiers.


Red Cross Poster WW1


The World Health Organization also named this year the “Year of the Nurse” in honor of Nightingale’s 200th birthday.
To nurses everywhere, this day and this year have great significance. Nurses, who are being recognized as heroes, have long awaited recognition as health care professionals in their own right and not ancillary to physicians. Today, the nurses are heroes of the COVID-19 crisis.​


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