Florence Nightingale opens her school for female nurses at St. Thomas's Hospital in London
A small training school for female nurses opened in old buildings on the grounds of St. Thomas's Hospital in London with a first class of fifteen "probationer" women. The founder of the school was Florence Nightingale, using funds raised in a public subscription to honor her service in the Crimean War. Over the next twenty years 375 women completed the course and took up a nursing appointment. (By John Osborne)
Lynn McDonald (ed.), Florence Nightingale: The Nightingale School: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 12 (Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2009), 10.