|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||5 December 2013|
Dear Nightingale Society member
The Bulletin of the Royal College of Nursing reports the unveiling of a Seacole statue at RCN headquarters. This is a one quarter replica of the statue planned for St Thomas’ Hospital.
What to do? We must keep on getting the word out as much as possible on who Nightingale was and what she did, the real pioneer of nursing and health care, and who Seacole was, in her role as doctress, proprietress and adventurer. We have nothing against honouring her, for her own work, but she should not be credited with Nightingale’s achievements.
Getting the accurate word out. My article in the (peer-reviewed) Journal of Advanced Nursing is now available on MEDlink, and it invites comments. Anyone connected, feel free!
Also, my article in the Times Literary Supplement is just out: “Wonderful Adventures–How did Mary Seacole come to be viewed as a Pioneer of Modern Nursing?” (click title for link).
National Geographic: Rationality prevails! Yes, some organizations are committed to providing accurate information, and actually change material on their website if advised that it is incorrect. On Seacole, with so much misinformation available, it is easy to pick up errors and exaggerations. Good going to National Geographic for updating its website. Seacole is now listed as “Adventurer in Jamaica, Panama and the Crimean War,” instead of “Hero of the 19th century,” “heroine of the Crimean War,” with a “passion for nursing,” running the “British Hotel” and taking supplies to soldiers on the battlefield.” No more!