Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp

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“The Lady with the Lamp”

Florence Nightingale became a famous nurse and writer. She helped make hospitals better. Many women became nurses because of her. Florence Nightingale lived during the Victorian times in Great Britain. During this time, most women could not get jobs. Florence Nightingale proved that women could get and do important jobs. 1.

“The Lady with the Lamp”
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy on May 12, 1820. She was named after the city she was born in. Her father`s name was William Nightingale and her mother`s name was Frances also known as “Fanny”. Florence also had an older sister named Parthenope. Florence and her sister had many pets, lots of toys, and very nice clothes. The Nightingale`s were very wealthy and they live in a house called the Embley. They had many servants and nurses to tend to them. 2.

“The Lady with the Lamp”

The Nightingale’s traveled to many places in Europe. Their father believed that girls and boys should both be taught the same. So Mr. Nightingale taught his daughters many languages. He also taught them mathematics, history, and philosophy. Florence was very smart and liked her studies. Her mother showed her how to run a house hold. 3.

“The Lady with the Lamp”

At the age of 16 she felt that God was calling her to help other people. When Florence was 25 she knew she wanted to help people by becoming a nurse. Florence`s family was not happy about her wanting to be a nurse. Her mother wanted her to get married because many women at Florence`s age became wives. 4.

“The Lady with the Lamp”

Florence really wanted to be a nurse more than anything else. Florence`s family did not want to send her to nursing school. In those days, everyone thought it was not safe to be a nurse because they could get sick or hurt while working. So she decided to teach herself about nursing and cleanliness. 5.

“The Lady with the Lamp”

Finally at the age of 31 her father said she could learn...
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