12 May 2021 – Birth Anniversary Florence Nightingale

12 May every year is celebrated as The International Nurses Day. It coincides with the Birth Anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820, in Florence, Italy – the city which inspired her name. Nightingale gained popularity during the Crimean war where she cared for wounded soldiers and became known as “The Lady with the Lamp” while making her night rounds.

During her career, Nightingale laid the foundation for professional nursing by establishing the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at the St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Florence Nightingale stamp, in the denomination of € 1,35, was illustrated by Martin Mörck (Norway), designed by Rorie Katz (United Nations), and includes the following German quote: “Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it.”