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Florence Nightingale death centenary commemorated

August 13, 2010 - UNITED KINGDOM

Iconic nurse Florence Nightingale died on 13 Aug 2010, and organizations and places linked to her life and legacy plan centenary events throughout 2010. A high point is a service in Westminster Abbey on 12 May, International Nurses Day, which is also Nightingale's birthday. Nightingale, in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War, spent many hours in the wards. From her night rounds she became known as The Lady with the Lamp.

Radio and television networks and the print media, conferences and exhibitions will examine her philosophy, her life and her writings. These include an International Nursing Conference at the University of Ulster Magee Campus, Londonderry, on 14-16 May, which will explore her legacy for its relevance for the 21st Century. The conference will end with a service of thanksgiving in Christ Church, Londonderry, for Nightingale's life and work. Florence Nightingale was the leading advocate in her day for improved medical care in hospitals, infirmaries and battlefields. Her efforts to formalize nursing education led her to establish the first scientifically based nursing school&mdashthe Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, which opened in 1860. To mark the centenary, the Florence Nightingale Museum at St. Thomas' was revamped, and Sunday Worship on 8 Aug will be broadcast live from the hospital. Modern professional nursing was born from war. In February the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery and curators from the Imperial War Museum used film to celebrate and analyse nurses' contributions to war - from Florence Nightingale and Jamacian-born Mary Seacole in the Crimean War to 21st century nursing in Iraq, via 20th century wars. Nightingale died in London at the age of 90 and was buried on 20 August in the family plot in Hampshire. Her relatives refused an offer of burial in Westminster Abbey. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit (1907), Britain's highest honor. (Written Mar 2010) DETAILS OF CENTENARY

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Date written/update: 2010-08-13