Florence Nightingale is undoubtedly the world’s most famous nurse and her influence and legacy continue to have an effect throughout the world today.
When Florence died in 1910 at 90, the international nursing community of the time wished to pay tribute to the life and work of this great nurse. At the 1912 International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress in Cologne, Ethel Bedford Fenwick, the ICN’s first President, in her speech at the final banquet proposed that “an appropriate memorial to Florence Nightingale be instituted”. She envisaged an educational foundation which would enable nurses “to prepare themselves most fitly to follow in her footsteps”.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) proposes the formation of the Florence Nightingale Memorial Committee.
On 1st January 1957 HRH Princess Alexandra became the Royal Patron.
The first annual Florence Nightingale Memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey, now the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service.
Each year The Lamp is carried by a nominated scholar of the Foundation and is kept in the Nurses and Florence Nightingale Chapel, Westminster Abbey.
The National Florence Nightingale Memorial Committee is renamed The Florence Nightingale Foundation.
A world-wide commemoration of the bicentenary of Florence’s birth to help increase the profile of nursing and midwifery and promote the recognition the professions deserves.
The launch of the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy at the House of Lords, London.