At the age of 24, Florence Nightingale, the gallant English woman who founded nursing as a profession, decided to dedicate herself to the care of the sick, especially those wounded in battle. She worked for nearly a year with the nursing Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria Egypt. After that, when she established a hospital to tend the wounded during the Crimean War (185401856), she welcomed the assistance of 38 women, including a group of Catholic nuns. This is the story of those heroic nuns, ten in number, from the Convent of Mercy in Bermondsey, England. Vision Books ( Ages 9-15) Paper.