Known as the “Lady with the Lamp”, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is considered the founder of modern nursing. During her time as a nurse in the Crimean War, she fought for improved medical practices, especially with sanitation. Although she was a nurse, most of her life was dedicated to improving living conditions within hospitals throughout Britain. By instituting handwashing and other simple forms of hygiene, the death rate primarily caused by infections and diseases dropped significantly with these new practices. Nightingale also instituted training schools for nurses and fought for many other cause throughout her lifetime.