Nursing Online – September 2010

Florence Nightingale’s legacy lives on.
13 August 2010 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale. This month Nursing Research Online takes a look at the life and legacy of the founder of modern nursing.

Florence Nightingale
ABC Radio National, Rear Vision, 11 August 2010

She was really a member of the elite. The family’s money had come from lead mining originally, and her father in fact was originally called William Shore, and he changed his name to Nightingale to honour the fortune that he inherited from Peter Nightingale and they had two main residences: one was in Derbyshire, Lea Hurst; and the other was in Hampshire, Embley Park, which they acquired in 1825.

And the significance of Embley Park? If you Google it or visit it, it’s a very, very impressive mansion and they had over 100 acres of land attached to it. It is a stunning estate and was almost contiguous with Broadlands, which was the residence of Lord Palmerston, so you can see here that there’s a social as well as a geographical contiguity between the Nightingales’ social and domestic life, and those members of the political elite of the day. And the house played host to many of the literati and many of the intelligentsia of the day.www.abc.net.au/rn/rearvision/stories/2010/2918308.htm

The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale

All the available surviving writing of Florence Nightingale will be published in The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale – most for the first time. Sixteen printed volumes are scheduled in the series, of which 13 have now been printed. The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale makes available Nightingale’s major published books, articles and pamphlets (many long out of print) and a vast amount of  unpublished correspondence and notes. Extensive databases, notably a chronology and names index, and the original, unedited, transcriptions, will also be published in electronic form. This will permit convenient access to scholars interested not only in Nightingale but other major figures of her time. Known as the heroine of the Crimean War and the major founder of the modern profession of nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) appears here also as a scholar, theorist and social reformer of enormous scope and importance.www.uoguelph.ca/~cwfn/Introduction/index.html

Lady With The Lamp
ABC Radio National, The Spirit of Things, 15 August 2010

Florence Nightingale is remembered as the pioneer of professional nursing, but it was a minor part of her life compared to her passion for a new religion. Striving to unite with the ‘God within’, whose laws were consistent with scientific knowledge, Florence was a radical theologian who urged religious reform. On the centenary of her death, biographer Val Webb reveals the real Florence Nightingale behind the myth:

At 70, Florence Nightingale wrote to a close friend, ‘When very many years ago I planned a future, my one idea was not organising a hospital but organising a religion.’ History did not listen to her. Everyone knows the Florence Nightingale who took nurses to the Crimean War and returned to found modern nursing. Few know the Florence who wrote a ‘new religion’ for England’s poor; or the Florence who penned a fifty page tirade about how Victorian families ‘murdered’ their daughters by keeping them in the drawing room; or the Florence who was writing a book on medieval mystics; or the Florence who retired to her home as an invalid at thirty-eight and, from there, orchestrated incredible poor reform around the globe for 50 years after Crimea.www.abc.net.au/rn/spiritofthings/stories/2010/2978727.htm ‘Florence Nightingale: The Making of a Radical Theologian’, Dr Val Webb, www.valwebb.com.au

Florence Nightingale Museum

The Museum is independent and has over 2,000 artefacts owned by and associated with Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War, nursing and Florence Nightingale’s legacy. It is located on the site of the original Nightingale Training School for Nurses, at St Thomas’ Hospital on London’s vibrant South Bank.

From Florence’s slate she used as a child, her pet owl Athena, to the Turkish lantern used in the Crimean War, the collection spans the life of Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War and Florence’s nursing legacy up to the present day.

If you have an enquiry about Florence Nightingale or the museum’s collection, email the Collections Manager,
E: kirsteen@florence-nightingale.co.uk
or write to the museum’s address.