3 de maig 2020

Florence Nightingale bicentenary 2020

Florence Nightingale "the Lady of the Lamp" was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence. This 2020 the worldwide celebrates of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary. In her honour The World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Despite family pressures to marry and live as a conventional wealthy woman, she considered her dedication to nursing to be a response to the call of God to care for the sick. Her success in radically lowering the death rate of wounded soldiers in the Crimean War led to society’s acceptance of her proposals for better sanitation and nutrition, accurate medical knowledge, and professionally trained nurses.

While Nightingale is best known worldwide for revolutionising nursing and healthcare through her campaigning for health reform, her far-reaching recommendations were based on impressive statistical work and popularised through pioneering data visualisation and her evidence-based approach to healthcare.

Florence Nigthtingale was the first female fellow in 1858 from Royal Statistical Society. The Significance magazine from Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association has published a special issue: Significance magazine, 2020, Volume 17, Issue 2: Florence Nightingale

More information:
Celebrating Nightingale 2020 Bicentenary
Mujeres con ciencia: Florence Nightingale (in spanish)
Florence Nightingale foundation
Guys and St Thomas Hospital

picture: Helping the wounded. Shutterstock/Everett Historical
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