New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year on May 12 we observe International Nurses Day across the world to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who laid the foundations of modern nursing in the 1850s at the time of the Crimean War. Before the 1850s, nursing was not considered as a profession and it was Florence Nightingale who got the idea to establish nursing as a profession. She treated many wounded soldiers from the Crimean war and realised that the nobility of nursing as an occupation. Soon Nightingale started with the classes to train women who wanted to pursue nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. 

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Florence started giving training at St Thomas’ Hospital and later went to King's hospital in London to spread awareness about nursing as a profession. She published over 200 books and pamphlet educating people about nursing, telling them what does it include and what it didn't. She was a hard-working lady with a passion for healing and nurturing and her extraordinary efforts made her way to the red cross society. Even today, exceptional nurses receive the Florence Nightingale award for care to the wounded in war or peace.

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Not so known facts about Florence Nightingale:

As per the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, Florence was the inventor of the mathematical graph, pie chart and was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Statistical Society, with it she was the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1909.

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