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Florence Nightingale was born in 1820. She came from an upper class family that saw her future getting married and raising children.

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Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale was born in 1820. She came from an upper class family that saw her future getting married and raising children. Florence had very different viewpoint, she believed that God wanted her to be a nurse. She fought the OPPOSITION from her parents and studied in Europe from 1849 and in Alexandria in 1850. By 1853, she was the Superintendent at the Institution for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen and she was very interested in the training of nurses. In March 1854 the Crimean War broke out. Telegraphic COMMUNICATIONS were used by war correspondents to broadcast stories back home to encourage people to have opinions on the war and take interest. ...read more.

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In six months she had managed to reduce the death rate in the hospital from 42% to 2%. After two successful years in the Crimea, Florence returned to Britain with a mission. She appealed to the Queen, sent an 800 page report to the government and wrote a book, "Notes on Nursing" which explained all her methods. This became the standard textbook for generations. By 1860, it was a best seller! Florence had raised �44,000 and she used this money to set up the Nightingale School of Nursing, in St. Thomas's Hospital, London. Discipline, order and attention to detail were prime factors in her teaching. ...read more.

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Nurses were soon to be thought of as highly educated people with important responsibilities. Later in life she received many honours and in 1907 was awarded the British Order of Merit. She died in London, 1910 and in 1915 the Crimean Monument was built in Waterloo Place in honour of her success. Her work was the main reason for the Registration of Nurses Act in 1919 that made training compulsory for nurses, which showed that the GOVERNMENT was taking the nursing profession more seriously. Her work concerning midwives also paved the way for the Midwives Act, which set standards for midwifery and also made training compulsory. ...read more.

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