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18.09.18 Florence Nightingale Role Play .
Today we imagined that we were Florence Nightingale and her nurses or the soldiers they cared for. We followed the journey that Florence and the 38 nursed took. First we travelled by horse-drawn coaches from London to Southampton (it was very bumpy and uncomfortable). before we got on a boat to France. We had to travel through France to get on another much smaller boat called The Vectis in Marseille to travel the rest of the way to Scutari. The sea was very rough and we were tossed and turned and soaked with water from the crashing waves. A lot of us felt sea-sick! The conditions in the hospital were terrible. When we arrived the stench from rats, human waste and disease was unbearable! The poor soldiers only had straw for a bed on the floor, rotting food to eat and dirty water to drink. Luckily Florence was helped by her nurses to clean the hospital and make the soldiers better, giving them fresh food and clean water as well as beds with clean sheets.
There is some more information about Florence Nightingale below:
Who was Florence Nightingale?
Florence Nightingale was a truly inspirational nurse.
Why is Florence Nightingale Famous?
Florence Nightingale is famous for her nursing work during the Crimean War (1854 - 56). She changed the face of
nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well-respected medical profession with very
In 1854 Florence Nightingale was asked to go to Turkey to manage the nursing of British soldiers wounded in the
Crimean War (1854 - 56). She traveled to Scutari (the location where the wounded and ill soldiers of the Crimean War
were taken) to help the wounded soldiers.
She found the hospital conditions to be in a very poor state. Many of the wounded were unwashed and were sleeping in
overcrowded, dirty rooms without blankets or decent food. In these conditions diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery
spread quickly. As a result, the death rate amongst wounded soldiers was very high. Most soldiers died from infections and disease.
(Only one in six died from their war wounds; the other five in six died from infections and disease.)
Florence and her nurses changed these conditions. They set up a kitchen, fed the wounded from their own supplies and asked for help from the wives of the wounded. They were then able to properly care for the ill and wounded and the death rate among the soldiers dropped.
What a lovely start to the new school year we have had in Saturn. All the children came back looking very smart and were happy to be back with their friends and new teachers. They have all promised to work really hard this year but also to try and have lots of fun too.