Today we all had the opportunity to see Florence Nightingale’s uniform, her lamp and her wonderful medal. We compared the uniform to modern day NHS uniforms. We found that Florence Nightingales Victorian gown was long, flappy and itchy! We thought she might have got hot and bothered wearing this.
We were surprised by her lamp being made of fabric as this could cause a fire if the candle caught light. We are so glad now that nurses have proper lighting to see what they were doing in the dark wards and that they have better, less itchy uniforms.
We thought about our value of fairness that her courage and compassion was rewarded with the medal. We think Florence Nightingale did an amazing courageous role, as did Mary Seacole.