Nightingale Place

Nightingale Place is named in honour of Florence Nightingale

Nightingale school, St. Thomas

Florence Nightingale was named for the city in which she was born in 1820, Florence Italy. She was a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing.

She was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She spent many hours in the wards. On her night rounds, she cared personally to the wounded, which gave rise to her image as the Lady with the Lamp. Her efforts to formalize nursing education led her to establish the first scientifically based nursing school The Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, England (opened 1860). She was instrumental in organizing training for midwives and nurses in workhouse infirmaries. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit. She died in 1910, in London, England. Source: Britannica

Florence Nightingale in the hospital in Scutary, 1856

Coloured lithograph by Max and Simeon A. Beeger, published by Max and Simeon A. Beeger, in about 1856. No 2 in the series Les Actualites. Source: National Army Museum