Florence Nightingale’s Early Life Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820. She was born in Florence, Italy to a wealthy British family. Her parents were William Edward Nightingale and Frances Nightingale. She had an older sister named Parthenope. She was educated by the governess and her father. She learned many languages such as Greek, Latin, French, German and Italian. She studied history, grammar and philosophy. Florence Nightingale spent most of her time in London, Derbyshire, and in Hampshire.
“The Lady with the Lamp” Florence Nightingale was a very important woman in her time. She did many great things such as working in a nursery, becoming the unpaid superintend of London’s Institution for the Care of Sick Gentle Woman. Also, on November 5, 1854, she entered the military hospital in Scutan, Turkey to help the soldiers get better living conditions. In 1854-1856, she worked hard to establish sanitary conditions by ordering clothing and bedding for the soldiers. Then she got the nickname, “The Lady with the Lamp.” She got for the mortality rate in the hospital to go from 60% to 2%. In 1857 she made the Royal Commission on the Health of the Army
Our Thoughts We believe that Florence Nightingale should be admired, because she helped save many lives throughout her life. In the Crimean War she helped get the soldiers cleaner conditions to live in. Also, she is to be admired because she decided to become a nurse instead of a wife and mother; her parents didn’t really want this for their daughter. She was the unpaid superintendent of London’s Institution which means she worked for free. She also got many awards such as the Order of Merit in 1907. And in 1908 she got the Freedom of The City of London. She should be admired.
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