Nursing & Midwifery

Nightingale Gold Award, 1917

Display No. 154

This award was given to Edith Mary Heale in 1916. She was the first person to receive the Nightingale Training School for Nurses gold medal in recognition of her excellent performance during her training. The gold, silver and bronze medals were introduced by Dame Alicia Lloyd Still to motivate trainees during their studies.

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Gold medal. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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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!