In a report published in the Times of India, Sheila Dikshit said she drew inspiration from Florence Nightingale, a English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War, where she attended wounded soldiers.
"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.
The Chief Minister spoke after she inaugurated a nursing summit by the Fortis healthcare in Delhi.
Calling nursing a noble profession, she stressed on the fact that healthcare services across the world needed to improve.
"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.