Florence Nightingale was the daughter of a well-to-do family in England. They wanted her to become a socialite * ; to learn to give big parties and serve tea. Florence, however, had other plans. When she told them she didn't want this kind of life, her parents became very angry and her sister went into hysterics * .
By the time she was 12, she was determined to "do something worthwhile". She liked books. She enjoyed caring for sick farmers on her father's estate. Once she even saved the life of an old shepherd's dog that had broken its leg.
At the age of 16, she was sure that God was calling her to serve others. She used every spare minute to learn from nursing books she had secretly obtained. She visited hospitals in London and the surrounding area.
Her parents didn't want her working in those "dirty" hospitals, but she was determined. They did many things to try to change her mind. Her sister pretended to have fainting spells. Her mother accused her of being immoral * .
She finally reached an agreement with her father. If he would let her go to Kaiserwerth (KI zer wirth) hospital in Germany to study, she wouldn't tell anyone her plans. This way, her family wouldn't have to be "embarrassed" * by her actions.
She was an excellent student, and after her graduation, she returned to London and got a job running a hospital.
Nightingale diagram showing
causes of death in the war
During the Crimean (cry ME un) War, she was put in charge of nursing. She went to the battlefield with 38 nurses. The hospital was a huge, dirty barracks * building. She got men to clean it up and managed to get the supplies they needed.
She carried a lamp as she walked the halls of the battlefield hospital and became known as the "lady with the lamp".
She saved thousands of lives. People called her a ministering angel in the hospitals, but she herself became ill with a disease she got there.
In her later years she was not able to travel, but people came to her from all over the world for her advice.
During the Civil War, the United States asked her advice about setting up military hospitals.
She became known as the founder * of modern nursing.
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.
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Florence Nightingale, The Lady With the Lamp
Florence Nightingale Museum in London
The Lady With the Lamp
Lesson about Florence Nightingale
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The Story of Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale's Influence on Nursing
New York Academy of Medicine
NOTES ON NURSING What it is, and what it is not
by Florence Nightingale
Invention of the Hospital(audio) and Nightingale's Graph (audio)
Engines of Our Ingenuity.
Song about Florence Nightingale
(listen to the live performance in London sung by Nick Saloman)
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: a person well-known in fashionable society
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: a building or group of buildings in which soldiers live
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Florence Nightingale, Sower Series
By Mott Media, Llc
Florence went against the wishes of her wealthy parents and defied social custom when she took up a career that no respectable woman of that day would even consider. She became a nurse. History knows her now as "The Lady with the Lamp." Night after night she walked among the cots of wounded soldiers, carrying her kerosene lamp to light the darkness and wearing her cape to keep out the cold. She was always ready to bandage the wounds of a bleeding soldier, give a drink of water to a thirsty patient, or write a letter home for a private on his deathbed. Up until Florence's time, the hospitals in England were a disgrace. Could she better conditions? She would have to overcome the resistance of high officials, the apathy of the public, and even the ignorance of doctors. Throughout her life, Florence remembered the entry in her diary when she was still a girl: "God spoke to me and called me to His service." For ages 9 to 13.
Your Story Hour Volume 7 - Audiobook on CD
By Your Story Hour
Children will listen and learn as they experience the historic adventures of Joan of Arc, John Bunyan, Albert Schweitzer, George Mueller, Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Louis Pastuer, Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell, Dwight L. Moody, John Wanamaker, George W. Carver, and Keith Argraves. Exciting, educational, and entertaining, these dramatizations feature sound effects, music, and professional actors portraying the high moral values demonstrated by men and women throughout history, and necessary for successful living today. 12 one-hour CDs in a vinyl storage case.
Florence Nightingale, DVD
By Sony Pictures
The legendary story of "the lady with the lamp" comes to DVD! Jaclyn Smith, Timothy Dalton and Brian Cox star in this moving miniseries about the woman who became a leading advocate in improving medical care during Victorian times, leaving a legacy that survives even today. Approx. 140 minutes.
- Fullscreen presentation
- English Subtitles
- Bonus Previews
Light Keepers: Ten Girls Who Made History
By Irene Howat / Christian Focus Publications
Would you like to make history? Would you like to change your world? These ten girls grew up and did just that! Find out how Mary Jane Kinnaird prayed and helped young women; Emma Dryer studied astronomy and became a Bible teacher; FLorence nightingale became a nurse and was useful to God; Lottie Moon thought missionaries were silly and then became one herself; Ida Scudder changed her mind and then changed India; Henrietta Mears dreamed big and wrote books; Bessie Adams became a missionary in a horse-drawn caravan; Betty Green flew planes in World War II; Elisabeth Elliot's husband was killed but she forgave his murderers and Jeanette Li became a Christian and told her own Chinese people abou the one true God. Read this book and find out what God wants you to do!
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Please Help, Miss Nightingale
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Florence Nightingale (A Photo-illustrated Biography)
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by Sarah Tieck (selected pages) Order here
Learning about compassion from the life of Florence Nightingale
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The Private Life of Florence Nightingale (Novel)
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The Life of Florence Nightingale
by Sarah A. Tooley (public domain, 1905, full view) Order here
Notes on Nursing
by Florence Nightingale (public domain, 1860, full view) Order here
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Florence Nightingale, Lady With the Lamp, Graphic Library
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Florence Nightingale, First Biographies
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Florence Nightingale,History Maker Bios
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Life and Times, Florence Nightingale
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A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale
by Alexandra Wallner, John Wallner (selected pages)
Start-up Connections, Florence Nightingale
by Stewart Ross (selected pages)
The Lamp - dedicated to Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale of Nursing
Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2013-09-30
hello, I saw many biography about our holy saint nurse madam Florence nightingale but did she write her own autobiography??? if she did write it, what was book title or any other nurses wrote their own autobiography not biography??? sun-hae kim
See the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale. http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Series/CWFN.shtml
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