|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||3 June 2014|
Dear Nightingale Society member
Report from Lynn McDonald, 26 May 2014
Nightingale Society meeting at the RSS in London
The Nightingale Society met at the Royal Statistical Society on 15 May 2014, hosted by Dr Eileen Magnello. Attending were Mark Bostridge, Wendy Mathews, Alex Whitehead and myself.
Two main subjects were discussed:
- Review of the Seacole campaign to date.
- Our efforts at correcting misinformation
- Future initiatives. A major point here is misinformation taught in schools and available in children’s books.
- Early plans for the Nightingale Bicentennial 2020.
- first letters sent to institutions
- list for future letters to go formation of a Nightingale Bicentennial Committee (to include us and other major players).
- LM reported on meetings with MPs held May 14: Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey, and Chris Williamson, MP for Derby South, with the attendance of the researcher for the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett, MP for Derby North. It was good to see all keen on early planning for the bicentenary, and concerned about the Seacole misinformation campaign.
Derby Cathedral Service and Plaque
Derby Cathedral holds an annual Nightingale service in Nurses’ Week. This year’s was special with the blessing of a fine Nightingale plaque recently installed in the cathedral. It says:
To commemorate the life of
Born into a Derbyshire Family
Heroine of the Crimean War
Founder of the nursing profession
Pioneer of public health care
Reformer of army medical services
Guided by her faith in God.
Congratulations to John Rivers, CBE, and to the dean of the cathedral, Dr John Davies, for making this happen.
About 150 nurses processed to the cathedral. The Royal Derbyshire Hospital choir sang. It was a joyous event, with excellent participation led by the lieutenant governor of the county. (I gave the address and had an excellent opportunity to have a few words about preparation for the bicentenary with the dean, and the bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern.)
Mary Seacole: The Making of the Myth is now available as an ebook (epub or kindle) and as print-on-demand through Amazon. A description — with links for each of the various formats — is available on this website. Tell your library!