|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||24 April 2016|
Report from Lynn McDonald, 24 April 2016
The next meeting of the Nightingale Society will take place in London, at the Royal Statistical Society, chair Eileen Magnello on May 11 2016, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (breakfast provided)
- Planning for the 2020 Bicentenary (with a report from the planning meeting of April and informal meetings with other participants)
- Review and strategizing over the general situation of Nightingale’s legacy and reputation
- Approaches to new members
As this is a lunch meeting, please indicate if you are planning to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lea Hurst Visit
Ten people joined in the excellent visit to Lea Hurst itself, hosted by Peter and Jenny Kay (congratulations to Jenny on the arrival of a boy, Oliver, just last week).
The group then went off to visit Lea School, which was funded by Mr Nightingale, and the design (lots of windows, cross-ventilation and sunlight) supervised by Florence Nightingale. Gerald Carver presented, to the current head, a copy of a Nightingale letter to the first headmaster (a family contact of his).
Letter to the Prime Minister
We sent another letter to David Cameron, copied electronically to all MPs. Some MPs replied that they only take up cases given them by constituents, so, please, anyone who has any contact with an MP please copy it to him/her. UK members, please forward the letter to your own MP.
In London I have given two talks, the first at the commonwealth Nurses and Midwives conference, held at the Royal College of Physicians, on Nightingale’s mentoring of early nurses. The second was at Oxford Brookes University, on the stormy start of nursing there (Nightingale mentored the plucky matron). At both, Nightingale supporters came forward and are now part of our group. This week I will be at Leeds, to speak at Lotherton Hall on the work Nightingale did both on getting a healthier hospital established in Leeds, and starting professional nursing in it.