Nursing & Midwifery

Rachel Williams, 1840-1908

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Rachel Williams was a Nightingale Training School graduate who became Superintendent of St Mary’s Hospital. They became close friends and Nightingale nicknamed her “goddess” because of her outstanding work as a nurse.

Nightingale also said she excelled at “both of the technical and theoretical parts of the nursing art, for which she has an innate genius and love… she has distinguished herself as a trainer, teacher and manager of 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.

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