HAPPY INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY! Today, we celebrate our wonderful Nurses across the UK, who are working selflessly to provide care and support to those in need.
Did you know that #IND is celebrated around the globe every year on May 12th? This is also the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, the founder of modern nursing!
Florence Nightingale came to prominence whilst serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she cared for the wounded. She swiftly became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp"!
In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at the acclaimed St Thomas' hospital in London. It was the very first secular nursing school in the world, and is now part of King's College London. In recognition of her pioneering work in nursing, the Nightgale Pledge is taken by new nurses, and the Florence Nightingale Medal (the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve) were named in her honour.
Mostly recently, the NHS Nightingale Hospitals have been named in honour of Florence.