Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English 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.
Nightingale was educated mainly by her father.Her father had progressive social views, providing his daughter with a classical education, including studies in German, French and Italian.
Between 31 July to 13 August 1850 Nightingale made her first visit to the Institute of Protestant Deaconesses at Kaiserswerth. Her visit convinced Nightingale of the possibilities of making nursing a vocation for ladies. In 1851 she spent four months at Kaiserswerth, training as a sick nurse.
Suggestions for Thought to Searchers after Religious Truth
Notes on Nursing
Notes on Hospitals
Notes on Nursing for the Labouring Classes
She remained in the Church of England throughout her life, albeit with unorthodox views.
Nightingale was a believer in universal reconciliation - the concept that even those who die without being saved will eventually make it to Heaven.
Despite her intense personal devotion to Christ, Nightingale believed for much of her life that the pagan and eastern religions had also contained genuine revelation.