|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||1 October 2020|
By Lynn McDonald, co-founder
Royal Statistical Society: honouring Nightingale
For the Bicentenary, we have encouraged organizations to institute some lasting recognition of Nightingale’s work, as opposed to holding a one-time conference (desirable though that is). The Royal Statistical Society has done it! The Young Statisticians section, to be specific, are just the people to see the point. They have produced a Florence Nightingale Badge and even decided to award me (yours truly) the first badge, at the (virtual) RSS conference 8 September, when I gave a (virtual) paper.
Congratulations to David Thompson, PhD, RN and professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, on the publication of an excellent “legacy” article on Nightingale in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, “Celebrating the bicentenary of Nightingale’s birthday and her legacy”.
A new book on Nightingale and Kaiserswerth
Congratulations to Annett Büttner on the publication of a new book, in German, on Nightingale and Kaiserswerth, Florence Nightingales Beziehungen zu Kaiserswerth (Springer GmbH 2020).
Nightingale at Home, 2020
Congratulations to Paul Crawford and her team on the terrific coverage in the current Observer with “Florence Nightingale: how the Lady with the Lamp was guided by her father’s advice.” The advice, from a letter they include in the book, was on the need for daily exercise and reading. The article gives excellent details on her Crimean War work.
The walking tours in Malvern, where Nightingale and her family did “water cures,” and more have recently taken place. It is good to see cancelled events re-scheduled. Malvern is a beautiful area—I recall visiting it when doing research on her background for the Collected Works.