|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||20 March 2016|
Report from Lynn McDonald, 20 March 2016
Nightingale Society Meeting Notes
March 14, 2016 Royal Statistical Society, London
2. National 2020 Celebrations
- Discussion/brainstorming regarding how to promote national 2020 celebrations
- USA, Japan, India, and Canada all represented at this meeting
- Linkages have been initiated with Jill Iliffe at Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation and with Judith Shamian at ICN
- Has state and national organizations
- Perhaps could have articles in the association publications or a special edition? Each region functions independently with multiple languages. English is the most common
- Laurie suggested accessing the International Academy of Nurse Editors. They have yearly meetings and a membership of approximately 150. Laurie would be willing to make this request and will investigate who is organizing their next London meeting.
- Canadian Nurses Association is a possibility. Not all provincial associations belong e.g. British Columbia and Quebec
- Laurie reports someone at Concordia wrote an article on Nightingale. She will look into this and pass the author’s contact information to Lynn.
- Eileen’s Report:
- Minutes of the Nightingale 2020 Partners meeting held at the Royal College of Nursing were distributed
- May 12th is Nightingale birthday, so Bicentenary 2020 celebrations would likely be around that time.
- Want to publicize the fact that Nightingale’s influences were broad: architecture (hospital design), nursing reform, public health, science, statistics, religion, etc. Emphasize she still has relevance today.
- Hope to involve nurses in other countries beyond the UK
- The Nightingale Partners had ideas such as having Nightingale on coins, stamps, etc. as ways to get Nightingale more into the realm of the general public
- Some of these ideas we could do as well.
- Ideas of possible Patrons:
- Duke of Cambridge
- Helena Bonham Carter
- Paul Nurse—former president of the Royal Society
- Is there a possible patron in India? Nightingale was influential in India
- Canada—Margaret Trudeau (connected with WaterAid), Elizabeth May, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau
- UK Architect named Nightingale
- There are many people whose mothers were nurses e.g. Bill Clinton
- Try to involve other organizations & Royal societies
- Good idea to try and get medical field involved. Maybe the Royal College of Physicians. Nightingale’s ideas coming more into vogue with current research on biology of relational care
- Royal Society of Public Health—inheritor of sanitation
- London School of Hygiene & Medicine
- Royal Institute of British Architects—had an exhibit on hospitals and Nightingale was mentioned, showed influence of nurses on hospital conditions
- Red Cross—although would need to be delicate as is controversial in terms of Nightingale who thought it evolved to be too pro-military
- Feminist organizations
- WHO—Margaret Chan … WHO’s definition of health is similar to Nightingale’s
- Should be something at the UN
- Perhaps they could have an exhibit honouring Nightingale. We could write to various museums and encourage them to have an exhibit, maybe a travelling exhibit.
- Highlight Nightingale’s relevance today and the application of her work. Could relate her work and quotes to current wars.
- Victoria & Albert; Imperial War Museum; Canadian Museum of Civilization & Canadian War Museum (Victor Rabinovitch); Army Medical Museum
- Florence Nightingale Museum—greatly reduced the size of their exhibits. Some of the larger items are in storage … someone saved them.
- Lynn knows the executive director of the Canadian Museum Association
3. Promote research
- Maybe some Royal Society or The Wellcome Trust may be willing to put up prize money for an essay that explores new research into Nightingale?