|The Nightingale Society|
Report from Lynn McDonald, co-founder, 10 March 2019
A Success! The Nightingale Society wrote the authors of a leading American nursing text about their flagrant errors presenting Mary Seacole as a pioneering nurse. Sadly, their next edition was well along and the errors were repeated in it. However, in the 2018 edition, the section was dropped: Cherry and Jacob, Susan R. Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management
A Step Backwards: Seacole in the United States. Lincoln Center has a “biorama” on, February-March 2019, which presents Nightingale as a “haughty lady” with “icy sneer,” “a master class in passive-aggression,” according to reviews in the New York Times and New Yorker, respectively. My letter to the editor of the NY Times pointing out the obvious problems did not get published.
London Events March-April 2019
Lynn McDonald is speaking at King’s College, London, April 10, 2:30 to 4:00 pm, “Mary Seacole: Myths in the Making of the Nursing Profession,” Room B5, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH. Reception following.
The Nightingale Society annual meeting will be held at the Royal Statistical Society, Friday April 12, 2019, at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, chaired by Eileen Magnello [note corrected date].
- The RSS kindly provides lunch (please reply if attending email@example.com)
- Agenda to come: focus on Bicentenary 2020 events; the meeting is conveniently scheduled for the day after the 2020 Partners meeting takes place at the Wellcome Trust.
- For anyone at the RSS meeting who can join in an early dinner in the evening, please say (for reservation purposes).
Reminder: Lea Hurst. For those who signed up for the visit to Lea Hurst March 20, we meet at the Nightingale house at 12:00 noon (to end at 3:00 pm), lunch kindly provided in the Nightingales’ dining room by Peter Kay and family, followed by a meeting with reports, notably from the University of Nottingham group, the 2020 Partners (agenda later). A visit to Lea Chapel follows.