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Nightingale, Florence (1820–1910)

  1. Todd Green

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0995

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Green, T. 2011. Nightingale, Florence (1820–1910). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Pioneer of the modern nursing profession, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, while her English parents were on their honeymoon, and was named after the city of her birth. Nightingale received the first of four calls from God in 1837. This call was an assurance that God had a purpose for her life that went beyond the expectations of a well-to-do young woman in Victorian England. While the call was not specific, its influence on her life was enormous as she began to search for ways to devote her life to helping the poor and the sick. The call also influenced her decision not to marry.


  • Nightingale, Florence (1820–1910);
  • pioneer of the modern nursing profession;
  • Nightingale's first of four calls from God, in 1837;
  • Nightingale as “the lady with the lamp”;
  • suggestions for thought