She was the first professional nurse in history who during the Crimean War organized the first in the world service of the sisters of mercy.
Life of Florence is like a beautiful legend, or rather, the plot of the film about a dedicated woman who sacrificed her fate for the sake of saving humanity.
Florence was born into a rich family, she knew nothing from childhood, received a brilliant education, knew 5 foreign languages, was fond of painting and music. However, almost all of her biographies write about the shock that she had to endure in her youth.
During a walk in the garden, she, as in forgetfulness, heard a “voice from above”: “You have to do something very important, nobody but you can do it.”
At the call of the heart
One day, the young Florence visited a shelter for the poor in London and experienced a shock after seeing how doctors treat the poor patients. The shocked Nightingale told her parents that she would become a nurse in the hospital for the poor. Upon hearing this, the mother had a heart attack. But the girl followed the call of her heart and soon developed her own technique for caring for the sick.
Her system was based on the simplest principles: cleanliness in the ward, good nutrition, quarantine for the infected and attention to all complaints of patients. Florence had to work in many hospitals and hospitals. She went through the walls of misunderstanding and criticism before exaltation and recognition. When the Crimean War began and England participated in it, the Minister of War asked Florence to help the sick wounded in the Crimea.
In 1854, Nightingale went there with a detachment of 38 more nurses. As a result of assistance under her leadership, in six months the death rate in hospitals was reduced to a record level – from 42% to 2.2%.
In 1856, Florence, for her money, installed a marble cross in the mountains of the Crimea above Balaklava in memory of soldiers, doctors and nurses who died in the Crimean War. Returning to her homeland in England, she became a national heroine.