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In the beginning, Nightingale’s start to nursing did not start successfully due to various reasons. For women in Victorian times, especially those who, like Florence Nightingale, were born into wealth and privilege, working outside the home was frowned upon. A job as lowly and dirty as nursing was out of the question.  After hearing that God called her, she later realized she was to be a nurse. When Florence Nightingale finally gained what her nursing career required of her, she told her family about her plan to spend a few months at Salisbury Infirmary, to educate herself from the hospital’s chief physician, Dr. Richard Fowler. After gaining enough information, she would educate ladies that are willing to take a chance to learn nursing. This however did not go in the way Nightingale hoped for. Reef described it as, “Disbelieving looks, and angry shouting broke out” (Reef 37). Her family was against it for valid reasons, such as, the hard work required might destroy her own health, and hospitals were horrible, abominable, during the 1800s. In addition,  it was surprisingly the poor who went to hospitals because they had no close ones and no place to go.  This clearly shows Nightingale was determined to follow God’s wish and become a nurse.Nightingale is best known for her work in army hospitals during the Crimean War. After the Crimean War broke out in 1854, Nightingale, startled by reports of the sanitation methods and insufficient facilities at the British hospital in Turkey, sent a letter to the British secretary of war, volunteering her services. She set out for Turkey accompanied by 38 nurses. Under Nightingale’s supervision, efficient nursing departments were established at Turkey, and later at Balaklava in the Crimea. Showing her authority, and what significant of a role she played in this war, Florence Nightingale was the nurse in charge of the female nurses in the wartime hospitals employed by the British army. Lack of supplies was only one of Nightingale’s obstacle into volunteering in the Crimean War. War and women, even if they were nurses, did not mix. Slowly and steadily, however, Nightingale began her nurses on a cleanup campaign. While there, she supervised and trained other women and transformed gruesome and deadly wards into places of cleanliness, hope, and comfort. As a result of the nightly rounds she made to patients, Nightingale became lovingly known as the “Lady with the Lamp”. She continued her tireless and inspiring work after the war, and by the end of her life, she had not only saved countless lives but forever changed an entire profession, bringing it respectability and establishing methods of treatment that are still used today.