Nursing & Midwifery

Agnes Jones, 1832-1868

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Agnes Jones was from County Donegal, Ireland. She was the pioneering leader of an experiment, paid for by philanthropist William Rathbone, to provide professional nursing care in a workhouse setting at Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary.

After studying at the Nightingale Training School for Nursing, she led a large team of 12 trained nurses, 18 probationers and 54 female inmate assistants. Nightingale said of Jones: ‘I looked upon hers as one of the most valuable lives in England’. Jones died of typhus fever at the young age of 35.

Lithograph. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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