Florence Nightingale is definitely one of my heroes. She is a total bada$$. She is said to be the founder of modern nursing, the person responsible for creating professional nursing training schools, and an incredible statistician. She was called “the lady with the lamp” because during the Crimean War, she made rounds at night to the wounded soldiers. Every day that I’m in clinical rotations I love nursing more and more.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the lady with the lamp:
“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”
– Florence Nightingale