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International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary


12 May 2020 is International Nurses Day. It is also 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of the modern nursing. To celebrate this milestone, the World Health Organisation designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King's is directly decended from the Nightingale Training School, which Florence herself helped to set up in 1860. Today, we continue Nightingale’s legacy through education, research and international leadership - transforming the lives of patients and their families.

During these extraordinary times our students and staff are doing extraordinary things. Many of our students have joined the NHS to support the COVID-19 response and staff are providing training to NHS professionals redeployed to support critical care or working in clinical teams themselves.

While we may not be able to come together in person, here's our online celebration of our staff and students now, then, and our founder, Florence Nightingale. 

Florence Nightingale

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To mark International Nurses Day 2020, our staff tell us the things about being a nurse they take pride and inspiration from.

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