As a school-going girl, chief minister Sheila Dikshit "wanted to become a nurse", drawing inspiration from Florence Nightingale who is remembered for her work during the Crimean War.
Recalling her school days, 73-year-old Dikshit on Tuesday said she read about famous personalities including English poet William Wordsworth, scientist Sir Isaac Newton and Rani Jhansi but one person who had inspired her most was Nightingale.
"We read about the greats of the world. We read about Wordsworth, we read about Newton, we read about Rani Jhansi and we read about Florence Nightingale. I can only share with you that she (Nightingale) is the one person who had inspired me most until I reached college.... I always wanted to become a nurse," Dikshit said.
She was speaking after inaugurating a nursing summit here organised by the Fortis healthcare.
Terming nursing as a very noble profession, she emphasised the need to improve quality of healthcare services across the world and bridge the gap between public and private healthcare facilities.
"The need is to show your commitment to take the healthcare services of India forward and make it more encompassing so that in health-care there is no divide between the rich and the poor," she said.