Remembering the history of nursing


The Florence Nightingale Museum, conceived as a tribute to the founder of modern nursing, recently re-opened in London — just in time for the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s death.
The museum, located at 199 Westminster Bridge Road, is advertised as the “only place you can learn the full story of this remarkable woman.” It is situated on the site of the original Nightingale Training School for Nurses and boasts over 2000 artifacts associated with Nightingale or her career, including one of Nightingale’s iconic black dresses and her stuffed pet owl, Athena.

Intrepid travelers may be interested in visiting another Florence Nightingale Museum in Istanbul. Unlike the London museum, the Istanbul museum honoring the Lady with the Lamp is located deep in the Selimye Barracks and may be visited by permission only.

Don’t feel like traveling overseas? Check out the Museum of Nursing History in Philadelphia.


Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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