|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||8 April 2014|
Dear Nightingale Society member
Nightingale and Irish Nursing
Herewith a link to a new article on Nightingale and Irish nursing, a rebuttal to numerous articles and chapters by Therese Meehan which claim that Nightingale derived key ideas on nursing from the Irish Sisters of Mercy, during the Crimean War, and that they had pioneered high quality hospital nursing long before her. (In fact, as the article shows, the nuns visited the sick to urge them to repentance and a good confession, for their spiritual well-being).
I had not heard of this line of argument until it was raised by Seacole supporters in Unison, the nursing union, as yet another reason why Nightingale was no good and should be replaced! So I beavered away on the issue….
I will be in London, mainly, in May—early June on Nightingale work, both academic, and the Nightingale Society itself.
On May 17 I will give the address at Derby Cathedral at its annual Nightingale service, at which this year they are also unveiling a plaque honouring Nightingale. Derby and Derbyshire, of course, are places where Nightingale is still well thought of, thanks to the old family connection.
I will be happy to meet while in the U.K. with anyone with a Nightingale interest. I am especially keen to see Nightingale used in nursing education and hope some nursing academics will start to look at the possibilities. Let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org.