Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday
Last week was the 200th anniversary of the birth of a nursing heroine, Florence Nightingale, whose story still influences today's NHS heroes. To celebrate, we have planned some activities based around this amazing lady.
Investigate: Compare Victorian and modern-day hospitals. What is different about hospitals now compared to Victorian hospitals? Think about the people who work there and the role of women. Also think about the medication available and the comfort of the patients. Create a table to show your findings.
Write about it: Use your research to write a diary entry as if you were a patient in a Victorian hospital. Describe your surroundings and emotions in as much detail as you can including what you hear, see, smell and feel.
Read the poems below. One is about Florence Nightingale and the other is written by Michael Rosen on the 60th anniversary of the NHS. Write a two-verse poem from the perspective of a nurse working in a Victorian or modern-day hospital. You can use any rhythmic or rhyming structure, but try to capture a change of mood between the two verses where each verse reflects a different aspect of the hospital environment.