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What was The Lady with the Lamp’s family name?

Nick Thorne looks looks at how the father of the most famous of nurses had changed their surname
Florence Nightingale was nicknamed the Lady with the Lamp

Few names are as well known to us from history as the nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale. Born in 1820 she is often depicted as The Lady with the Lamp making her rounds at night, providing nursing care to the wounded soldiers in the Crimean War. Managing and training nurses in a war zone was not her only contribution to history, however. She is remembered in Britain and across the world as one of the founders of modern nursing care. In America, nurses to this day take the Nightingale Pledge when receiving their nurses pin on graduating. In 1860, Nightingale had begun the path towards professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The school still exists to this day as a part of King’s College London and is universally recognised as the first secular nursing school in the world.

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