Florence Nightingale: 2014 International Nurses' Day Marks 194th Birthday

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Monday, 12 May 2014 03:25 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The 2014 International Nurses' Day marks the 194th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in the world.

As social media lit up Monday with people showing appreciation for nurses everywhere, many remembered the connection to Nightingale, who promoted hygienic practices and is considered the founder of modern-day nursing.

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In preparation for Nightingale’s May 12 birthday, her tombstone in Britain, which was damaged in a February storm, was repaired, ITV reported.

Her grave is located at St. Margaret’s Church, East Wellow, Hampsire, and has an almost 10-foot white memorial above it. A tree hit the top of the memorial and broke it during the storm. Luckily, all pieces were found and stonemasons were able to put it back together in time for Nightingale's birthday celebrations.

Tidbits of Nightingale’s life and her pioneering changes to nursing came through social media all day.



Nightingale’s words are still quoted today, making it onto Twitter: “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”



Along with giving Nightingale her due, many found ways to acknowledge the valuable contribution of nurses to medicine.



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