There is something extremely fascinating and awe-inspiring about the life of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing profession. Born in 1820 to extremely wealthy parents of the Victorian English society, Florence Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War in 1854. She gave nursing a highly favorable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of “The Lady with the Lamp” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night. She also started the first nursing school of the world and has also contributed greatly in improving sanitation, advocating better hunger relief in India and expanding the expectable forms of female participation in the workforce. In recognition of her pioneering work in nursing, the Nightingale Pledge is taken by new nurses, and the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve, were named in her honor.
Below are some of the unique facts of the life of this extraordinary lady.