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Week of May 7, 2001

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Florence Nightingale!

Florence's Birthday is May 12, and to celebrate,
this page is dedicated to trivia about Florence Nightingale.

*** Also, Happy Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13 ***

Quote of the Week

"The first requirement of a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm." Florence Nightingale. Read a book about Florence.

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Picture of the Week

Florence Nightingale IMA Hero™ Bears make a special appearance at a Nurse's Vendors Day. Read more about Florence…

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A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale

This book is featured in Florence's Books. Great book for young readers. It tells about the life of Florence Nightingale in a simple and easy-to-understand way. There are plenty of pictures with words on every other page. There is also a list of the Important Dates for easy reference. Look for Picture Books about other people, including Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Robert E. Lee, and Sacagawea.

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: What was the name of the nursing school Florence Nightingale started?

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: True or False. Galileo invented the telescope.
False. In 1608, Hans Lippershey invented the refracting telescope. It was used as a military tool to locate enemy movements, and the images were upside down. A year later, however, Galileo improved Lippershey's telescope: it was more powerful, it could see objects 33 times larger than their actual size, the objects appeared more clearly at greater distances, and the images were right side up. Galileo was the first person to use the telescope to look at the universe. Did you know the telescope was not called a telescope when it was first invented? In 1611, Prince Cesi was the first person to call it a "telescope." In Greek, tele means "far off" and skopos means "seeing."
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Did You Know…

Did you know Florence Nightingale was known as "The Lady with the Lamp?"

Yes, in 1854, Florence Nightingale went to the Crimea (near Turkey) to care for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War. She was kind and gentle, and she brought hope to the soldiers. Florence could not visit all the men during the day, and she continued her rounds at night by using a lamp to light her way. The wounded men knew she was coming by the light from the lamp she carried. Because of this, Florence became known as "The Lady with the Lamp." The men would kiss her shadow on the walls as she walked passed them. Read a book about Florence.

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Who's Your Hero?

"Florence Nightingale is my hero. She was so nice and kind and helpful to sick and wounded people. My mom is also a nurse, and she also likes Florence. She sometimes calls her 'Saint Flo' because of her kindness."
-- Sara K.

Photo: Florence Nightingale Monument

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Your Question

Q: Who started the Red Cross -- Florence Nightingale or Clara Barton? (Cameron, age 14)

A: Actually, the International Red Cross was founded in 1864, by Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss philanthropist. Florence Nightingale's work in the Crimean War inspired Dunant to help sick and wounded soldiers and prisoners of war. He was also inspired to action after witnessing the Battle of Solferino, Italy, in 1859. The Red Cross began as an international society of volunteers to help victims of war, and soon, its work spread throughout the world. In 1870, the British Red Cross Aid Society was founded. In 1881, the American Red Cross was organized by Clara Barton. Today, the Red Cross helps the sick and wounded during wartime and provides disaster relief during peacetime. Read a book about Florence Nightingale, Read a book about Clara Barton.

Photo: Florence Nightingale (left) and Clara Barton(right)

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