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Florence Nightingale - 2010

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was a statistician, social reformer and a practitioner and administrator of nursing. Countering her family's disapproval and Victorian era traditions, Miss Nightingale accepted what she described as "God's call to work as a nurse." In 1844, after completing the nursing program at Kaiserswerth School in Germany, she returned to London to nurse the indigent. She was quickly recognized as a leading authority on the deplorable conditions existing in civilian and military hospitals. In 1854, under the auspices of the English government, she led a group of nurses to care for soldier casualties of the Crimean War. Uncomfortable with public acclaim throughout her life, she worked diligently behind the scenes to foster her agenda of hospital and healthcare reform. She lived to see that reform and the establishment of the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital, London. The Bellevue School of Nursing (NYC) was founded in 1873 on the principles of the Nightingale Model. Among her most noted works are Notes on Nursing and Cassandra.