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Discover how one remarkable woman changed the face of nursing forever
Today, nurses are recognised as important, super-skilled professionals. At beginning of the 19th century, nurses usually had no training at all, and they weren’t even paid. In 1854, the Crimean War broke out and British troops went off to fight in the Crimea.
News soon reached home of soldiers dying from battle wounds, cold, hungry and feverish, without medical care and with no nurses to treat them. Help was needed fast, Florence led a team of nurses to the Crimea.
When they arrived, the nurses found the Army hospital in a terrible state, overcrowded and filthy, with blocked drains, broken toilets and rats running everywhere. Wounded soldiers were sleeping on dirty floors, without blankets to keep warm, clean water to drink or fresh food to eat.
Not surprisingly, disease spread quickly and most of the soldiers died from infection.
Learn how Florence changed everything and saved lives.