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Florence Nightingale Graces Providence Little Company of Mary

Nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center got a firsthand look at a piece of history recently when they hosted an exhibit of letters handwritten by Florence Nightingale in 1861.

The Florence Nightingale Letters Exhibit was on display Aug. 19 in the main lobby of the Torrance, Calif., facility. All hospital staff were invited to the viewing, as was the general public. The special event also was covered by local news media.

Little Company of Mary Sister Terrence Landini, RN, and CNE Kathy Harren, RN feel a special connection to Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

The exhibit features two letters written by Nightingale while she was caring for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.

“She wrote these letters … to political figures in London, urging for resources to help care for the wounded,” said CNE Kathy Harren, RN, MHA. “The things she wrote about … are so much the issues of today, and nurse leaders advocate for them as well.”

The exhibit was presented by NurseWeek and, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

The touring letters also are showcased at Nursing Excellence galas and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future Promise of Nursing events held throughout the year.

Many of the staff took time to study the letters and discuss the history and current state of nursing.

Editor’s note: Visit our special page dedicated to the pioneer of nursing at, and don’t forget to listen to a rare recording of Florence Nightingale’s voice, dating to 1890!

By | 2020-04-15T14:24:43-04:00 October 11th, 2010|Categories: Regional, West|0 Comments

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