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Celebrating the Most Famous Nurse in History on Nurses Day

“The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs” – Florence Nightingale Members of the nursing team from Marie Louise House care home in Romsey, Hampshire, paid homage to the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, ahead of Nurses Day on 12 May.

Romsey-born Florence Nightingale is celebrated in a stained-glass window installed in Romsey Abbey. ‘The Calling Window’ is a feature of St George’s Chapel and shows her seated on a stone bench in the grounds of her home, Embley Park. She said “God spoke to me and called me to His service.” Florence Nightingale is heralded as the founder of modern nursing as a result of her relentless work nursing soldiers in the Crimean War. During this time, she became known as “the lady with the lamp”.

Marie Louise House is located within a short stroll from the Abbey and the nurses were delighted to have permission to view the window and take photographs. They spent time reflecting on the 4metre high artwork by Sophie Hacker, which is located so close to their place of work that it will continue to be a source of inspiration to the nurses in their daily lives.

Marie Louise House care home will be celebrating its nursing staff with flowers and chocolates on Nurses Day. Nurses Day recognises and pays tribute to the incredible work of nurses who make such a difference to the lives of people by going above and beyond to deliver highly skilled and compassionate care, day in and day out.

Joyce Hlophe, Clinical Lead at Marie Louise House said:

“We enjoyed a quiet moment with Florence while contemplating the direct effect her life had on us all. Nursing is one of the most challenging, but rewarding jobs you can do. Our team of nurses work closely together to provide specialist care for our residents to ensure their lives at Marie Louise House are as fulfilling as possible. Each resident is so unique and care is tailored to meet each individual’s needs and preferences. It’s an honour to enjoy such special relationships with them. Nurses Day is a wonderful way to make us feel recognised and valued.”