Nursing & Midwifery

Edith Cavell, 1865-1915

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Edith Cavell was a British nurse who ran the nurse training school in Brussels, L’École Belge d’Infirmières Diplômées. During the First World War, she helped save the lives of soldiers regardless of nationality.

In aiding 200 Allied soldiers to escape from German-occupied Belgium, she was arrested, court-martialed and found guilty of treason. She was shot by a German firing squad on 12 October 1915. A memorial statue of her is found near Trafalgar Square in London.

Edith Louisa Cavell. Photograph. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0 and British Pathe/Youtube

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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