In 1854 Nightingale left with 38 volunteer nurses to work at a military hospital in Scutari the Crimean. The conditions there were atrocious and a very high percentage of the men there died of disease rather than battle wounds. It took nearly six month to make any progress in the conditions, but after thoroughly cleaning the facilities, and providing for sanitary sewers, ventilation, and clean supplies, the death rate at the hospital dropped dramatically. Nightingale's personal behavior and commitment was also exemplary. She frequently worked twenty hour days, and took charge of every aspect of the hospital where the comfort of the soldiers could be improved. When she returned to Britain her reputation preceded her, and she received a hero's welcome.
Florence Nightingale was now the most trusted person in England to dictate changes to medical systems and used her influence to help draft new regulations and procedures, not only for military hospitals, but for many state-sponsored hospitals for the poor as well. She founded a medical college for nurses and wrote books and pamphlets on nursing. She continued to work as a nurse and a nursing advocate until she became incapacitated at the age of 76. She died in 1910.
|Birth of Florence Nightingale|
|Florence decides to become an nurse.|
|Visited German school nursing|
|Rejected proposal of marriage and attended nursing school|
|Worked as a nurse at a hospital in London|
|Volunteered for service in the Crimean War.|
|Insisted on improvements to sanitation and patient care|
|Returned to England. Worked on a report to the Royal Commission.|
|Received a government grant to open a school of nursing.|
|Published Notes on Nursing.|
|Opened the first Women's Medical College.|
|Became an invalid|
|Death of Florence Nightingale|
|Florence Nightingale in||Cambridge Historical Reader—Primary by Cambridge Press|
|The Lady-in-Chief in||Red Book of Heroes by Mrs. Andrew Lang|
|Victoria—War in||Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall|
|Florence Nightingale in||Great Englishwomen by M. B. Synge|
|Crimean War in||Growth of the British Empire by M. B. Synge|
|Fall of Sebastopol in||The Reign of Queen Victoria by M. B. Synge|
Florence Nightingale at Scutari
in Cambridge Historical Reader—Primary
Roger could hardly believe his eyes.
in Red Book of Heroes
Tell me what you want to say, and I will say it.'
in Red Book of Heroes
Miss Florence Nightingale
in The Reign of Queen Victoria
|Secretary of War during the Crimean War, and supporter of Nightingale.|
|First female doctor in the United States. Worked with Florence Nightingale.|
|Field Marshall of English Forces during the Crimean War.|