Nursing & Midwifery

Linda Richards, 1847-1930

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Linda Richards was the first professionally-trained American nurse who pioneered the establishment of high quality and professional nurse training schools across the United States.

She also founded the first nurse training school in Japan at Doshisha Hospital, Kyoto. Richards was inspired to become a nurse as a result of the American Civil War and she studied the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.

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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.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!