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The Lady with the Lamp

Posted on December 01 2016

Year 2 have been doing some topic work about the legendary Florence Nightingale recently and they wanted to share some of the facts they have learned about this amazing lady.

She was born in 1820 in Florence in Italy. She was named after the city she was born in. Her family was British and they moved back to England when Florence was a baby. She had an older sister called Parthenope.

By Dexter and Connie

Florence was alive when Queen Victoria was queen of England. Britain was very different at this time. Men and women were not equal and there was a big divide between rich and poor people.

By Ethan and Hana

The Nightingale family were very rich. They lived in a big house and had lots of servants to take care of them. This picture shows the house where Florence lived. It is called Embley Park and is now an independent school called ‘Hampshire Collegiate School’.

By William P and Donovan

Parthenope and Florence were given a very good education by their dad at home. They did not go to school. At this time, daughters from rich families were expected to make a good marriage and run a household. Florence didn’t want to do this. From a young age, she was interested in nursing and taking care of people so she decided to become a nurse. Her parents didn’t want her to do this.

By Elinor and Harriet

However, Florence was determined to become a nurse. She believed that God was calling her to be a nurse and help people. Eventually, her parents realised she wasn’t going to marry (even though she had lots of offers from lots of rich men) and gave in. In 1851, when Florence was 31 years old, she went to train as a nurse in Germany. She then returned to England and became the supervising nurse for a hospital for rich women in London.

By Arnav, Avel and Louisa

Florence and 38 other nurses set off for the hospital in Scutari, Turkey on 21st October 1854. The conditions in the hospital were worse than Florence could have thought. There were soldiers lying on dirty floors still wearing their bloody, muddy clothes. There were not enough blankets for each man and there were insects everywhere. During the Crimean War, more soldiers died in hospital than they did on the battlefield. Only 1 in 6 deaths at the hospital were due to war wounds. The rest were from diseases or infections caused by the poor conditions in the hospital.

By William M, Eva and Naad-e-Ali

Florence Nightingale started making changes to the hospital and the way the wounded soldiers were treated. The nurses had brought some supplies from England, such as blankets and bandages. They made sure that the soldiers had beds to sleep on and blankets to cover them. They made sure that they had better meals and that they had clothes to wear that were different to their dirty uniforms.

Florence Nightingale knew that it was important to keep everything as clean as possible. They cleaned the ward and made sure that the bed linens were washed well. She insisted that wounds were washed with a clean cloth and that the cloth must not be used for more than one soldier without being washed in between. She employed workers to clear the blocked drains and made sure that the men had clean drinking water and better toilet facilities.

By Adi, Kavish, Sid and Tanmay

With the hard work of Florence and the rest of the nurses, the conditions began to improve and more soldiers were getting better. Florence began to be nicknamed ‘the lady with the lamp’ because she would walk around the ward at night, caring for the soldiers with a lamp in her hand.

She became a very famous person and had upon her return to England, she began to use the name ‘Miss Smith’ in order to keep some privacy. Into her old age she spent much of her time in her bedroom writing books and research papers related to Nursing. She is still one the most influential women of all time, being the first person to receive The Royal Red Cross and the King awarded her the Order of Merit. She died in 1910 at the age of 90.

By Louisa, Tanmay, SId and Naad-e-Ali

In honour of her legacy, The Red Cross set up the Florence Nightingale medal in 1912, to be awarded every year to nurses who had given exceptional care to the sick and wounded in war or peace. This medal is still awarded today.

Written by all the children in Year 2 (with a bit of help from a teacher)

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