Leadership in Nursing
Nursing is a caring and compassionate profession, drawing in such people with the desire and drive to help others.

Throughout history there have been a number of inspiring leaders in nursing, who have helped to make healthcare what it is today. They have been on the front lines of military conflicts and have provided their care and expertise in hospitals and clinics around the world.

Here we recognise significant points in history and look at the importance that these leaders in nursing have made.

 Florence Nightingale - 1820 – 1910


Perhaps the most famous nurse in history, Florence Nightingale, was a celebrated British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers.

She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital, London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world and is now part of King's College London.

Click here to read the Florence Nightingale story.

 Edith Cavell - 1865 - 1915


Edith Cavell was the World War I British nurse who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She and Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. 

She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and executed by a German firing squad on October 12th 1915.

Click here to read the Edith Cavell story.