Who was Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale holding a lamp.

This is Florence Nightingale.

She changed the way people nursed and helped save many lives.

Find out more about her life, below.

Black and white portrait of Florence Nightingale.

Key facts

  • Florence Nightingale went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded soldiers.

  • She even nursed soldiers during the night, and became known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. She and her nurses saved many lives.

  • Florence Nightingale is remembered for making changes to nursing and showing people that nursing was a very important job.

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Did you know?

  • Florence was born in 1820 in a well-known city in Italy. It's called Florence and that's how she got her name.

  • When she came home to England after the Crimean War, she didn’t want people to know who she was. So she called herself ‘Miss Smith’.

  • Florence met Queen Victoria. She went to the Queen’s home in Scotland.

  • Florence liked cats for company but also had a pet owl called Athena.

Florence Nightingale with Queen Victoria.

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