Purpose and Goals

  1. The Nightingale Society is committed to promoting knowledge of Nightingale’s work and its relevance in nursing, public health, hospitals, statistics and broader social reform issues today;
    It encourages scholarly work on other contributors to nursing and public health, especially to improve the diversity of recognized leaders;
  2. It will publicly defend Nightingale’s reputation when attacked, such as by the campaign to place a statue of Mary Seacole, “Pioneer Nurse,” at St Thomas’ Hospital, for more than a century the site of the Nightingale School;
    It does not oppose the honouring of Seacole for her own contribution, at an appropriate site;
  3. It advocates the fuller coverage of Nightingale’s contributions to society in school curricula;
    It supports the inclusion of Seacole for her work, but not the pairing of the two, who made very different contributions;


The Nightingale Society invites support from individuals and organizations.

Individual supporters are asked to sign the declaration[1] and indicate any work they might be willing to undertake for the society, such as drafting or co-signing letters, disseminating information to other persons and organizations, organizing sessions on Nightingale in conferences or special events for the discussion of these concerns.

Institutional supporters should indicate the nature of their commitment, such as cross linking of websites, the noting of the events and activities of the society in their communications, the holding of Nightingale-based sessions at their conferences; and designate a person for ongoing contact.

Supporters who are willing to have their names listed are requested to indicate how they wish to be identified, degree, positions, etc., for retired people please indicate former occupation or positions if appropriate. Brief statements as to why you consider Nightingale’s work to be of ongoing importance will be posted.

[1] We invite you to sign our declaration through an  email message, giving details of how you can help, other relevant information which you are willing to share publicly, etc.
Click on the “email message” link above or send to contact[at]nightingalesociety.com (be sure to replace the [at] with the @ sign).