From unexpected quarters come unlikely pioneers. Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) was born to privilege in a time when young ladies of good breeding had few opportunities to feel truly useful. Nursing, in particular, was considered beyond the pale, yet the audacious Nightingale insisted on making it her vocation. She took a small and passionate nursing staff to the front lines of the Crimean War, offering solace to the wounded, and later founded the Nightingale School and Home for Nurses, the first secular nursing school.
With today, May 12th, being International Nurses Day (held annually on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth), we thought it the ideal time to introduce our new Embellished Manuscript, Florence Nightingale, Letter of Inspiration journal. Featuring a handwritten excerpt from a fourteen-page letter that the famed nurse sent to her staff on January 1st, 1878, this new Paperblanks title is available in Mini and Ultra formats.
Nightingale’s entire letter can be read as part of the University of British Columbia’s Digital Library.