Article in The Conversation on Nightingale, hand washing, and home working

The coronavirus has put paid, for now, to our exhibition and programme of events that was due to run from March until May. We are hoping to mark Nightingale’s bicentenary on 12 May online in some way — watch this space. In the meantime, Richard from our team has published a piece in The Conversation …

Dame Yvonne Moores Interview

Dame Yvonne Moores is Chair of the Florence Nightingale Foundation. She is the only person to have been the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Wales (1982-1988), Scotland (1988-1992) and England (1992-1999), advising everyone from the Prime Minister to the Secretary of State for Health on nursing matters. She also chaired the World Committee on Nursing …

2020 Health Humanities Conference – ‘Health and Our Environment’

Some readers may be interested to know about an upcoming one-day conference being held at Nottingham on March 23, co-organised by the two PhD students attached to the Nightingale Comes Home project, Mathilde Vialard and Frances Cadd, along with their colleague from English, Emma Putland. The conference is on the theme of ‘Health and Our …

Florence Nightingale, Yorkshire, and All That

A couple of event notifications have come our way courtesy of John Bibby, of the University of York: John writes: “Readers of the Nightingale blog may be interested to learn about two upcoming conferences, each with social history themes with focus on the Victorian period and its relevance for today. On February 28th, Radical Statistics …

Margaret Povey, Nightingale’s Nearest Living Relative – and Nightingale Nurse

Richard and Paul from the project team recently travelled to meet Florence Nightingale’s nearest living relative, Margaret Povey, in a meeting kindly arranged by friend of the project, John Rivers.  Margaret – the granddaughter of Nightingale’s cousin, General Sir Lothian Nicholson – also possesses an original letter from Nightingale to her uncle George Nicholson, which …

New workshop – ‘The Home in Modern History and Culture’ – 27 Jan 2020

The project team is pleased to be able to confirm the date of Monday 27 January 2020 for our second academic workshop, to be held at the University of Nottingham, Council Room, Trent Building. This workshop, the second in our series of three, explores the theme of Home and its applicability as a prism through …

Nightingale and big data – BBC video

Just thought I would share this BBC video from last week on Florence Nightingale and Big Data. It does a good job of highlighting Nightingale’s passionate interest in statistics and evidence-based policy making. The video might also have mentioned that Nightingale went out of her way to generate data where none existed for her to …

‘Locating Health’ workshop review

Many belated thanks to everyone who came along to our first academic workshop, entitled ‘Locating Health‘, which ran at the University of Nottingham on 11 January. It was a really great day, and I know I certainly learned a lot from a fascinating set of papers! I have written a review of the event which …

Paul Crawford’s piece for The Conversation

Here’s a link to a piece published by Professor Paul Crawford, who heads the current Nightingale project, a few years back. It shows how Nightingale’s compassionate and humanist approach to healthcare is in danger of being lost in today’s fixation on metrics, targets and production-line methodologies. https://theconversation.com/florence-nightingale-carried-the-lamp-but-modern-nurses-carry-the-can-25114