Nightingale Statue

Students next to Nightingale statue

A Tribute to the Founder of Professional Nursing

Florence Nightingale developed the first organized training school for nurses in London in 1860. The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, founded in 1889 as the Cincinnati Training School for Nurses, was modeled after the design of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in London.

This bronze bust was given to the College by the great-grandniece of Florence Nightingale, Joan Nightingale Fox. The sculptor, Father Jerome Cox, has studios in Florence, Italy, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bust is truly an international effort. A variety of European artists from Father Cox's studio collaborated in the development of the bust's hair, cap, and cloak. The statue, presented in 1996, is proudly displayed at the entrance of Procter Hall.

The Board of Advisors of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing hosts the Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing annually. Nominations are accepted from patients, family and friends of patients, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers. Visit the Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing page.