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.