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FOUNDATION NAMED AFTER FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

The International Council of Nurses' Florence Nightingale International Foundation is named after the woman who is hailed as one of the most influential and motivating women in the field of nursing.

Florence Nightingale, also known as Lady of the Lamp, was born in Florence, Italy, in May 1820, to an aristocratic British family.

During the Crimean War in the 1850s, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British-base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.

Her writings sparked worldwide health-care reform. In 1860, she established the St Thomas' Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.