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Florence Nightingale centenary celebrations, 1920

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In this video you can see the celebrations marking the centenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1920. Nurses from every Hospital attend the Memorial Service to the “Lady of the Lamp” in London. The nurses are followed by a group of school boys and their teachers.

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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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