- Nursing had a bad repution before
- She brought a new sense of discipline and professionalism to nursing
- She became a nurse despite her family's opposition.
- She studied in Europe from 1849.
- Crimean war broke out in March 1854, used telegraphic communications to get stories home and allowed people to have opinions and comment on it.
- Horror stories about Barrack Hospital where the British wounded from Crimean war were being treated.
- Sidney Herbert (secretary of war and friend of Nightingale's family) requested that Florence went to sort out nursing care in the hospital.
- Military opposed.
- Florence still went along with her 38 chosen nurses.
- Before she went, death rate in the hospital was 42%, 2 years later it was just 2%, partly due to improvements to ward hygiene.
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Mission after Crimea
- Used her fame to help change face of nursing forever.
- Her book 'Notes on Nursing' was standard textbook for generations of nurses.
- Public raised £44,000 to help train nurses, she set up Nightingale School of Nursing, discripline and attention to detail were important.
- By 1900, 64,000 trained nurses in Britain.
- 1919 Registration of Nurses Act made training compulsory for nurses.
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