Florence Nightingale Contributions

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Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy. She was an outstanding nurse and inspired many women to become nurses. She established her own school in 1860 for nurses called the Nightingale Training School of Nurses at the St. Thomas Hospital in London, England. Nightingale was the first woman to ever to be awarded the Order of Merit in 1907 and the Freedom of the City award in 1909. She is credited with inventing the pie chart. Florence Nightingale was the first woman to be elected into the Royal Statistical Society. She is known by many as the “Lady with the Lamp” and the philosopher for modern nursing. International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, Nightingale’s birthday, in honor of her accomplishments. Florence Nightingale was named after the city in which she was born. She had only one sibling, an older sister named Parthenope. The Nightingale family was a part of a British elite social circle. They were very wealthy and had two comfortable estates, one in Derbyshire and another in Hampshire, both located in England. Nightingale’s father was very invested in her education, and by an early age she could already read and write in French, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin. At sixteen, Florence felt a calling from God to decrease human suffering. Even though her mother was from a family of merchants who were very social, Florence Nightingale was very awkward in social situations. She wanted to start a career in nursing, but her family did not
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