Nightingale is named after Florence Nightingale, ‘The Lady with the Lamp’.
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy on 12th May 1820. As Florence grew up, she developed an interest in helping others and was determined to pursue a career as a nurse.
In 1854 she was asked to go to Turkey to manage the nursing of British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War (1854-1856). She travelled to Scutari (where all the wounded and ill soldiers of the Crimean War were taken), to help the wounded soldiers.
She found the hospital conditions to be extremely poor. Many of the wounded were unwashed and were sleeping in overcrowded dirty rooms without blankets or food. In these conditions diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery spread quickly. As a result, the death rate was very high, and most died from infection or disease.
Florence and her nurses changed these conditions. They set up a kitchen, fed the wounded from their own supplies, dug latrines for sanitation, and asked for help from the wives of the wounded. They were then able to care properly for the ill and wounded and the death rate among the soldiers dropped.
Florence was very dedicated to her job. She would often visit the soldiers at night when they were asleep just to make sure they were ok. She was then referred to as “The Lady of the Lamp” because she hardly took time off to sleep. Florence became a true hero to the soldiers and everyone back home in England.
Florence Nightingale was truly inspirational and changed the face of nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well-respected medical profession with very important responsibilities.
Nightingale is the yellow house and our mascot is the duck.
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Zara Le Cornu