F lorence Nightingale was an English woman who greatly improved the care of sick and dying soldiers during the Crimean war. She was the lady carrying a lamp as she made her way through the dark and damp halls of a make-shift hospital where hundreds of men lay inches apart in unspeakable conditions. She was the heroine of the Crimean war, returning to England and avoiding every attempt at fame as she quietly withdrew and secluded herself from mainstream society. Her efforts to remain anonymous were so well orchestrated that, when she died at the age of 90, many were surprised to know that she was still alive, thinking she had died decades earlier.
The Florence Nightingale Digital Archive represents Tony Paterniti's personal collection of ephemera, books, artifacts, letters, and other materials related to Florence Nightingale. Paterniti's connection to Florence Nightingale is an aspirational one; Nightingale represents the nursing profession and her history is the history of nursing. Over time, Paterniti has devoted years of research to bring together this unique collection of materials that gives a fuller picture to the guiding light of the nursing profession. To learn more about Florence Nightingale, read Dr. Paterniti's Biography of Florence Nightingale (PDF) and take a look at the Florence Nightingale Timeline (PDF).
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- Crimean War
- Books for children
- Books about Florence Nightingale, signed by the authors
- Letters written by Florence Nightingale
About the Collection Curator: Tony Paterniti, Ph.D., R. N.
The grandson of Italian immigrants, Tony Paterniti was the first in his family to graduate from college. He began his basic education in nursing at the community college in his hometown of Jamestown, New York and took his first job as a nurse in critical care in the WCA Hospital also in Jamestown. After relocating to Texas, Tony attended Texas Woman’s University (TWU) where he earned an MS in Nursing and the University of North Texas where he completed his Ph.D.