Florence Nightingale Statue

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    The “Lady of the Lamp” is a cast stone statue of Florence Nightingale, known as “The founder of professional nursing,” and the mentor of Linda Richards, who was the first trained nurse in the US. Since the 19th century till these days, Nightingale inspired many nurses, and for that reason, this location of the statue was chosen, facing the Laguna Honda hospital, and symbolizes the role she still has on modern nursing.
    The statue, designed by David Edstrom and dedicated on the National Hospital Day in 1939, depicts Nightingale in her nursing uniform, holding a lamp during a hospital round, visiting wounded soldiers.
    A duplicate of this statue is located at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles.

    Florence Nightingale short story

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    Florence Nightingale was a nurse who saved many lives in the 19th
    century. She was named after the city of Florence in Italy, where her
    parents went after they got married in 1818. Her family was rich and
    they had two homes in Britain as well as servants.
    Florence was an unusual young woman for her time because she
    didn’t want to go to parties and get married. She wanted to be a nurse and help people. Her family
    didn’t want her to become a nurse because hospitals back then were dirty, horrible places. They
    were worried about her. In 1851, Florence went to Germany and learned all about nursing. It was hard
    work, but she loved it.
    In 1854, lots of British soldiers went to fight in the Crimean War. Army hospitals were filled with injured
    men, but there were no nurses and many men died. Florence and a team of nurses went to help.
    Florence worked 20 hours a day to make the army hospital a cleaner and safer place. She brought
    the men fresh food, she cleaned the hospital beds and she used clean bandages on the wounded
    soldiers. Soon, fewer men were dying.
    At night, Florence walked around the hospital. She talked to the injured soldiers and helped the men
    to write letters to their families. She carried a lamp and the soldiers called her ‘The lady with the
    When Florence returned to England, people called her a heroine because of her amazing work in the
    Crimean War. Queen Victoria wrote her a letter to say thank you. She continued to work hard in
    Britain to improve hospitals and she was given a medal called the Order of Merit. She was the first
    woman to receive this honour.
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    Address: 75 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94116
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