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.


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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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  1. Yes, thought I have not visited this Museum – albeit, yet, I continue to be fascinated with Miss Nightingale’s life and times. I have painted a suite of paintings (6 featuring her life and times) and a portrait, and developed a 20-page Exhibit Program delving into who she was, what were her points of light in her path to becoming the pioneer of modern nursing. Last year, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of her death (1820-1910), and we will now begin to develop global celebrations as the 200th anniversary of her birth will soon be upon us in 2020. My Legacy Towers hold many historical items, including one of her personal carte de vista calling cards. To “get to know Flo,” is a remarkable experience, one that I am proud to have had crossed my path. To read “Notes on Nursing” gives one a clear foundation of where she was coming from as she developed her sanitation strategies, to study her mathematical Coxcomb graph depicting the mortality rates of soldiers during the Crimean War, and visit the FN Museum in London – Lea Hurst – and Claydon House, gives you a peek into the life and times of this extraordinary woman, whose shadow is long and has touched so many lives.