The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Born into a wealthy British family in Florence, Italy, in 1820, she was the self-taught “pioneer of modern nursing” who proved that London hospital patients died at a rate of 90% while those who were sick and did not go to a hospital died at a 60% rate.
In 1860, she established the world’s first professional nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital in London. “The Nightingale Pledge” –– taken by new nurses, and the Florence Nightingale Medal, which was the highest international distinction that a nurse can receive, were names in her honor.
Because of the groundbreaking work of Ms. Nightingale, we thank our incredible nursing team who follow boldly in her trailblazing footsteps.
Happy Year of the Nurse from HealthFlex!