The Lady with the Lamp

The Lady with the Lamp

In anticipation of May 12th, International ME/FM Awareness Day,  This date was chosen as it is Florence Nightingale’s date of birth.  Below is a short story of some of her accomplishments but to read more details, please see the URL below.

Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence Italy and died on August 13, 1910.  She was a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer who was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War.  Nightingale wandered the wards at night with a lamp and became known as The Lady with the Lamp as she provided support and personal care to the wounded soldiers.  

In May 1855 Florence Nightingale began the first of several excursions to Crimea.  However, shortly after arriving,  she fell ill and experienced a slow recovery as it was thought she had brucellosis. She experienced some recovery but suffered the lingering effects for 25 years, confining her mostly to her bed because of severe chronic pain as well as suffering from exhaustion.

Florence Nightingale’s greatest achievements are centred around creating social reform in health care and nursing.  Due to Nightingale’s statistical data and analysis, a Royal Commission was established on her findings which resulted in marked reform in the military medical and purveyance systems.  Her Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not has been continuously published since 1859.


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