Who was Florence Nightingale?

This is Florence Nightingale.

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

Find out more about her life, below.

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.

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