Centennial Nightingale Lantern

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For the KNA Centennial Celebration, a lamp has been selected as a symbol of professional nursing in Kentucky.

One hundred years ago, a small group of nurses, prepared in Nightingale model schools, joined together to promote the profession and to protect both their patients and the public. Initially known as the Kentucky State Association of Graduate Nurses, this group’s care, commitment and concern lit the flame for the Commonwealth’s nursing lamp. Today the group is known as the Kentucky Nurses Association, and the lamp shines brightly.

Our lamp is a ceramic replica of the one first used by Florence Nightingale and on display in her museum in London, England. The original lamp is a Turkish candle lantern made from brass and inflammable linen so designed that wind would not extinguish the flame. 

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