Nursing & Midwifery

The Nightingale Training School for Nurses, 1860-1993

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The Nightingale Training School for Nurses was established at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1860 as part of Florence’s campaign to transform nursing and health care.

One of the pillars of making such change was to ensure the workforce was highly skilled, and Florence’s school was the first non-religious institution to provide professional nurse training.

This photo shows the last class to attend the school at its original location at St Thomas’ Hospital. The school is now part of King’s College London.

Photograph of the last class to attend the Nightingale Training School for Nurses, 1992. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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