Queen Victoria presented Florence Nightingale with an engraved brooch that would later be known as the “Nightingale Jewel.” She also received $250,000 from the British Government, which she used to further her passions by establishing the St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.
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Florence Nightingale’s name graces everything from asteroids to movies. Here are a few examples of how she lives on.
You can hear Florence Nightingale's voice on YouTube! Nightingale met with one of Thomas Edison’s British representatives, where these remarks were captured: “When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life. God bless my dear old comrades of Balaclava and bring them safe to shore.”
Elisabeth Moss, star of Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale, has said she is in early stages of developing a Florence Nightingale film. “I am fascinated by her,” Moss told The Daily Mail in a Jan. 11, 2018 article, noting Nightingale’s courage to make positive change in the medical profession at a time when it was dominated by men. “She believed in getting things done.”
A massive asteroid dubbed “Florence” after Florence Nightingale came close to Earth in September 2017— passing just 4.4 million miles from the planet, which is about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon, according to The Daily Mail.
The Bank of England featured Nightingale on the back of a Series D 10-pound banknote. First issued in 1975, it ceased to be legal tender in 1994.
Statues of Nightingale include one at Waterloo Place, London, between the Mall and Pall Mall.
KLM Airlines named one of its MD-11 airliners Florence Nightingale.
Nightingale Corona, on the surface of Venus, is named after Nightingale.
The Florence Nightingale Museum in London displays her life’s work.
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Several hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey, take their name from Nightingale.
A “Heroes in History” Florence Nightingale Instant Disguise Kit is available on Amazon.
Several churches commemorate Nightingale on their liturgical calendars.
A German stamp issued in 1955 featured Nightingale.
The U.S. Air Force operated a fleet of C-9A Nightingale aeromedical evacuation aircraft from 1968 through 2005.
  • “The White Angel” (1936), starring Kay Francis as Nightingale.
  • “Florence Nightingale” (1985), a made-for-TV movie starring Jaclyn Smith as Nightingale.
  • “Florence Nightingale” (2008), a BBC TV movie starring Laura Fraser as Nightingale.
  • In an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager,” Ensign Harry Kim names an alien medical vessel after Nightingale.
  • “Lady with a Lamp: An Untold Story of Florence Nightingale” by Marina Julia Neary. Available in paperback from Fireship Press (2009).
  • “The Voyage of the Lass” (2009), a stage musical about Nightingale produced by the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines.
  • “Florence Nightingale: Letters from the Crimea,” edited by Sue M. Goldie. Published 1997 by Manchester University Press.
  • “Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale” by Gillian Gill. Published 2005 by Random House.
  • “Florence Nightingale” (First Biography Series) by Lola M. Schaefer and Wyatt Schaefer. Published 2006 by Capstone Press.
  • “Florence Nightingale: Lady with the Lamp” (Graphic Biographies Series) by Trina Robbins (author) and Anne Timmons (illustrator). Published 2007 by Capstone Press. (Graphic novel)
  • “Florence Nightingale: The Making of an Icon” by Mark Bostridge. Published 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • “Florence Nightingale: A Biography” by Annie Matheson. Published 2009 by BiblioBazaar. (First published in 1913.)
  • “Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, Deluxe Edition” by Barbara Montgomery Dossey. Published 2009 by FA Davis Co.
  • “Life or Death in India.” Available from BiblioLife (2009).
  • “Organizing of Nursing.” Available from BiblioBazaar (2009).
  • “Sanitary Statistics.” Available from BiblioLife (2009).
  • “Florence Nightingale at First Hand” by Lynn McDonald. Published 2010 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • “Collected Works of Florence Nightingale.” Lynn McDonald is the editor of this 16-volume series of Nightingale’s surviving writings, including letters owned by the publishers of Nurse.com. Wilfrid Laurier University Press has published 14 volumes, the most recent of which is “Florence Nightingale: The Crimean War,” published in 2010.
  • “Victorian Medicine and Social Reform: Florence Nightingale among the Novelists (Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters)” by Louise Penner. Published 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan.
  • A “Florence Nightingale” picture book for children written by Demi was published in 2014 by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
  • “Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of a Legendary Nurse” by Catherine Reef. Published 2017 by Clarion Books.
  • “Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not.” Several editions are available.
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