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Who Is Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale was known as The Lady with Lamp. She was a pioneer in the field of nursing during the Victorian era. Aside from being an excellent nurse, she was also a prominent author, mathematician and statistician – careers that are surprising for a woman to take up in her time. She was named after the place where she was born, Florence, Italy. She was born to an affluent family which enabled her to get a good quality of education. Being an empowered woman who makes her own choices, she was also instrumental in the women’s right movement in Europe. Her choice to take up nursing was according to her, a call from God and also a mission that she has to take in this world. Despite her parents’ discouragement, she pushed for her choice and eventually won over them.

During the onset of the Crimean War, she was the front-liner in taking care of wounded soldiers. She often checked her clients with a lamp in her hand in the middle of the night, earning the name Lady with the Lamp. When the war was over, she went back to London and continued her career as a nurse. Her efforts to improve the public health in London enabled her to earn the Order of the Red Cross from Queen Victoria and Order of Merit from King Edward VII. The Victorian Era was characterized by societal situations that impedes on total development of women. Nightingale overcame it all. She died at the age of 90 but the endeavours she left still remains today.

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