|The Nightingale Society|
Report from Lynn McDonald, co-founder, 3 September 2018
Recent Letters to Offenders
We sent out letters to Sage Publishers on false information both on Nightingale and Seacole, in their Leadership in Health Care. Also to Kate Pankhurst for her shoddy coverage of Mary Seacole in her Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World. (Pankhurst is a descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, who did change the world.)
Proposal for Black History Month. U.K.
The Nightingale Society has proposed celebration of a pioneer nursing leader, Kofoworola Abeni Pratt, a Nigerian nurse who was trained initially at the Nightingale School and went on to pioneer professional nursing, by Nigerians, in Nigeria. No answer received. Any ideas as to how to follow up would be appreciated.
Guest editorial in the Journal of Advanced Nursing
Congratulations (belated) to Niall McCrae for his “Let’s celebrate contemporary black nurses, not create a modern myth,” in JAN 2016, 2025-26. Dr McCrae, a lecturer at King’s College, London, proposes a Nigerian midwife, Comfort Momoh, who trained at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, did midwifery at the North Middlesex Hospital, and then ran a clinic on female genital mutilation.
In the course, he points out the “revisionist” errors on Nightingale and Seacole and argues:
He ends the guest editorial:
Most encouraging! Yes, and not to forget important pioneers like K.A. Pratt.
We have several new nursing members, two from Dayton, Ohio, and two from the Ontario Nurses Association (the union), and one teaching at the University of San Francisco. Welcome. We hope to involve them all, and their many contacts, in the Bicentenary celebration.