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Research Paper On Florence Nightingale

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“I think one’s feelings waste themselves is words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results (E).” Many people think that they know the definition of hard work, or have the capability to be able to ignore what other people think about them, but everyone could take lessons from Florence Nightingale. She is also known as “the Lady with the Lamp” or “the Angel of the Crimea” but she is most commonly known for her contributions to the medical and mathematics fields.
Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence Italy. She was born to William Edward and Frances Nightingale. Nightingale’s father’s surname was not originally Nightingale, he was born with the surname of Shore. Her father had his last name changed
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Even though they would be traveling by horseback she would always packed food for the poor. (D) As she grew older her passion to care for others grew along with her. During this time period, it was not socially acceptable for a woman to become a nurse. As she gained courage to tell her parents that her calling was nursing, she worked as a math tutor. She was an advocate for females to receive a mathematical education. She tutored children in arithmetic,algebra and geometry (G). Eventually, Nightingale had enough courage to inform her family that nursing was her passion. Her parents were very disappointed. At this time a woman of Nightingale’s social standing was expected to marry a man of the same if not higher social standing to maintain her social status. Her parents forbid her to go nursing school. After Nightingale reportedly flat out refused to be married to Richard Monckton Milnes, a man who she had known for years, who was of her social standing, was attracted to, she enrolled in the Institution of Protestant Deaconesses in Kaiserswerth, Germany.(A)
When the Crimean War broke out in March 1854, Nightingale was called upon by the Secretary of War, Sir Sidney Herbert, to nurse the sick and injured soldiers back to health (C). Sir Sidney Herbert asked her to round up a group of nurses to bring with her to the Barracks Hospital. This was an unusual situation because “at the time there were no female nurses stationed at the hospitals in
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