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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Museum tour looks at the role of nurses

31st December 2012

The Wellcome Collection is presenting a free tour this January entitled Nuns, Nurses and Nightingales.

The tour is perfect for those staying in central London hotels who want to find out more about the fascinating history of the profession and the development of modern-day nursing.

Taking place on January 15th, the tour will begin at 2.30pm and will explain more about the wide range of exhibits on display in the museum including a pair of Florence Nightingale's moccasins.

Nightingale played an important role in improving hospital sanitation standards and the tour will also look how nuns provided vital nursing skills throughout history.

The tour will also focus on the development of male nursing in recent years as well as the increases in nurses opting to specialise in different areas of medicine in order to provide targeted care to patients throughout the healthcare environment.

Booking for the tour is not necessary but people wanting to attend are advised to arrive early to the Wellcome Collection otherwise they could miss out.

The central London museum was created in 1932 by Henry Wellcome and looks at all aspects of medicine and health. Wellcome was an entrepreneur who travelled extensively during his life and collected a large number of items. Visitors wanting to find out more about Henry should ensure they visit a permanent exhibition at the museum that explains more about the collection.

The Wellcome Collection building is near a number of London Underground stations including Euston and Warren Street on the Victoria and Northern lines and King's Cross St Pancras station on the Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines.

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