|The Nightingale Society|
Report from Lynn McDonald, co-founder, 1 December 2017
The BBC – Corrupt Again
A complaint about the portrayal of Mary Seacole during Black History month on the BBC’s website finally got an answer. Nothing wrong with it! Audience Services even asserts that it was accurate (not answering the substance of the complaint, giving specific inaccuracies). Worse, it has a new excuse: it was “in line with audience expectations.”
So, the BBC can put out misinformation year-after-year and then give, as an excuse for its misinformation, that the audience expects it!
Encouragement in Academe
(This item is also in the email of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale.) A new book on sociological theory has a full chapter on Nightingale as a social thinker. The authors are professors at the National University of Singapore, Syed Farid Alatas and Vineeta Sinha, the latter the author of the Nightingale article. Their (joint) introduction highlights Eurocentrism and androcentrism in sociological theory, and shows how thinkers like Nightingale produced strong material that was ignored. Congratulations, and let us hope this encourages other authors to pursue women thinkers. (The book also has a chapter on Nightingale’s co-worker on numerous issues, Harriet Martineau.)
The bicentenary for 2020 will be the main subject for the meeting of the Nightingale Society scheduled for March 12, 2108, at the Royal Statistical Society.[CORRECTION]
David Green, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, who is taking a leadership role in coordinating the planning for this, asks for people to contact him with plans. A Calendar is in preparation.
We encourage nursing organizations, everywhere, to plan some kind of activity — some focus on Nightingale at a conference (perhaps one routinely held), publication (a special issue, or a series of articles throughout 2020).
Or — for those in places where Nightingale lived and worked — a walk, visits, tours of hospitals she influenced.
The same goes for organizations on statistics, history, public health and the environment — all concerns on which Nightingale made significant contributions.
Nightingale Society meeting
Plan to attend if possible: March 12, 2018, in London at the Royal Statistical Society.