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Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale was a famous nurse, better known throughout the world as 'The Lady with the Lamp'. She laid the foundation of modern and scientific nursing system by her dedication and love for nursing.

    Florence Nightingale was born in Florence (ltaly) in 1820. Florence received the best of education and was trained to be a gentle woman. She belonged to a wealthy family with a high standing in society. But her ambition from young age was to become a nurse, as she loved to look after the sick people. So she rejected the comforts and luxuries of homely life and dedicated herself to the service of the sick. She joined a school for nurses in Germany and underwent training for four months. She got the practical training of nursing in 'Gentle Women During illness', a nursing home in London.

    In 1854, the Cremean War broke out between Russia and Turkey. England provided help to Turkish soldiers, fighting in Cremea. Florence Nightingale was asked for help. She and few other nurses toiled to take care of hundreds of wounded soldiers.

    Florence was the lady-in-chief and looked after everything there. She put everything in order and was strict disciplinarian. Late at night while visiting patients, she used to hold a lamp in her hand. She would stop to say cheering words to patients and thus came to be known as 'The Lady with the Lamp'.

    She founded a nursing school at St. Thomas's Hospital at London and encouraged women to join the nursing profession. She did reforms in the British hospitals and made the work of nursing honorable for all time. She died in London at the age of 90 years.

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