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2014 Archive

Students' Day, 2014 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation 2014 Students' Day was held on 7th May.  Invitations were sent to the Deans of all UK Schools of Nursing and Midwifery to nominate a student nurse/midwife to attend.

The Day was attended by over 60 student nurses from all four UK countries. The day began with a Plenary Discussion session where students were invited to raise questions or concerns to a panel of senior nurses. The session brought about engaging and interesting ideas. The Panel included:

  • Professor Shona Brown - Executive Director for Organisational Change, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Geoffrey Walker OBE - Modern Matron/Senior Nurse Manager, Cardiology and Medicine, Poole Hospital
  • Helen Thomson – Independent Health Care Consultant
  • Judith Ellis - Executive Dean at Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University

Following on from the morning session the students’ attended the Florence Nightingale Museum, a screening of Florence Nightingale: Her Life & Legacy followed by a visit to The Florence Nightingale Chapel, Westminster Abbey and they then attended the Commemoration Service.

Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service 2013, Westminster Abbey 

A SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Florence Nightingale’s Life and Work Remembered

Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 6.15pm

Westminster Abbey

The 2014 Service to commemorate the life and work of Florence Nightingale was held at Westminster Abbey at 6.30pm on Wednesday 7th May 2014. This annual Service celebrates nursing and midwifery and all staff working in these services.

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, Royal Patron of The Florence Nightingale Foundation also attended the Service and was presented a bouquet of flowers by Gideon Rowland, aged 10, son of the Lamp carrier Gloria Rowland.

Over 2000 nurses, midwives, healthcare professionals and guests attended the service.

The service was led by The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall who also gave the Address. The first reading was given by Ros Moore, Chief Nursing Officer Scotland and the second reading was delivered by Group Captain Michael Priestley, Defence Nursing Advisor.

The traditional Procession of the Lamp was led by Gloria Rowland with an escort of student nurses from the University of the West of England.  On arrival before the High Altar, the Lamp was handed to Lee Marklew who, in turn, passed the Lamp to Róisín McKeon-Carter.  Gloria, Lee and Róisín are all Florence Nightingale Scholars.

Some comments from attendees:

'Amazing day with The Florence Nightingale Foundation. Really was a privilege to be involved! Very inspiring and moving service!'

'It was both really poignant and a celebration of all that is good in nursing.'

FNF Conference 2014, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

The fourth Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference took place on 27th and 28th February 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London and was attended by healthcare professionals from all over the United Kingdom.  

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to all of our affiliates and delegates. Thank you to all conference and gala dinner attendees due to your generous donations to the raffle, we raised a total of £1,605.00.

Delegate comments:

‘’I really enjoyed myself and came away from the conference inspired!’’

‘’ What a superb line up of key note speakers and a diverse selection of master classes.  The choir brought a tear to my eye and your generosity of spirit at promoting and caring about the nursing profession for me is inspirational.’

 ‘’It was a privilege to be involved in such an event and it's always a pleasure to be with other caremakers.’’

’The whole feel of the conference was just something I will never forget and I have come away with an even stronger sense of pride in the profession.”

A summary evaluation of the Conference is available to download below.

Reception at 10 Downing Street

Chief Executive Elizabeth Robb of The Florence Nigthingale Foundation was cordially invited by The Prime Minister, David Cameron, to attend a reception on the 6th of October, 2014. The reception was held to celebrate the work of nurses, carers and other health professionals in the UK. A number of FNF scholars were invited to the event as well and were given the opportunity to meet David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt. Photos can be found below featuring FNF scholars and Elizabeth Robb during the reception. 

Heroes at Highclere, Highclere Castle

With grateful thanks to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the Florence Nightingale Foundation was once again invited to ‘Heroes at Highclere’ located at Highclere Castle, home of the ITV drama Downton Abbey. The event took place on Sunday 3rd August and commemorated the 100th year anniversary of the First World War with a day of unity and celebration to those in the Armed Forces across the world who have been injured or who have lost their lives while in the service of their Sovereign and their Country from the First World War to present day. 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation exhibit “In the Footsteps of Florence Nightingale” had over 1,000 visitors on the day and followed the development of nurses and nursing from the Crimean War through the two World Wars and on to the modern day.

The exhibit highlighted key nurses throughout history and, by kind permission of Sir Stephen Lamport, Receiver General of Westminster Abbey, the lamp from the Florence Nightingale Chapel in Westminster Abbey was displayed in the centre of the exhibition. 

Major contributions from the Armed Forces Nursing Services and many trustees, friends and supporters of the Foundation allowed us to exhibit costumes, artefacts, photographs and books showcasing contributions of nurses and midwives at home and abroad.   With several displays, visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to learn about key nurses in history and to see historical medical and nursing equipment.  There were also a number of interactive opportunities for adults and children to learn CPR, do quizzes and dress up.  It was a lovely day and many thanks to everyone involved.

FNF Alumni Association Launch, The Royal Society of Medicine

The Florence Nightingale Foundation launched its Alumni Association at The Royal Society of Medicine, London on Monday, 23rd June. The evening was attended by past travel, leadership and research scholars, sponsors and representatives of the Foundation.

The Alumni Association has been developed to bring together a leading group of healthcare professionals all of whom have benefitted from a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship.

The Alumni will bring this group together to share ideas and reflect upon their experiences. It will also act as a professional support network with events hosted by the Foundation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The evening was opened by Chairman of the Foundation Mr. Bryan K. Sanderson CBE and guests were also addressed by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse/ Trust Lead at The James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Theresa Murphy, Director of Patient Experience and Nursing at Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Membership of the Alumni Association is now open to past scholars and if you would like to join, please visit:www.fnfalumni.org. First year of membership is free and regional events will be held in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

For any further information please email alumni@florence-nightingale-foundation.org

RCN Congress2014, Liverpool 

On Sunday 15 June, Laura, Kathryn and Savannah departed from the Florence Nightingale Foundation and drove 4 hours to the docks of Liverpool.  The Conference was located at the BT Convention Centre next to Echo Arena beside Albert Dock.  For the next three days we promoted the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the scholarships and events we offer throughout the year.  The Conference had over 4,000 attendees and it was great to reconnect with past FNF scholars, reach out to potential scholars, and raise awareness about the Foundation’s efforts to the attendees.  We had the chance to meet our Patron, Sir Robert Francis, who was a keynote speaker at the RCN Congress.  Overall, the RCN Congress was very successful and we are looking forward to attending next year’s conference located in Bournemouth.  

Islington CCG 2014 Nursing Conference 

The Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) 2014 nursing conference will be held at the Islington Assembly Hall on the afternoon of 10 September.  

The theme of the event will be “Hello, my name is…” – the idea of each clinician introducing themselves personally to each new patient they care for – and will also focus heavily on the importance of compassion and the 6 C’s. The aim of the conference is to highlight these themes, educate nurses in the concepts, to learn through shared experiences and to show what nurses can achieve.

Guests will include Islington nurses from a variety of settings, including general practice, district nursing, community specialist teams, hospices and local charities, as well as consultants and representatives from social care, the CCG and public health.

Islington CCG has also recently been awarded Pioneer Status, and a great deal of work going on will impact the way in which nurses work, and the positive changes that these developments will bring to patient care and the patient journey.

The idea for the conference, and speakers, is to inspire, congratulate and educate the attendees.  Florence Nightingale Foundation Chief Executive Elizabeth Robb will be speaking at the conference and we will have a stand for attendees to stop by and learn more about our scholarhips and events.  

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association - Northern Ireland Launch, Belfast 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association was launched in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at The Dunadry Hotel, Antrim.

The Alumni Association has been developed to bring together a leading group of healthcare professionals all of whom have benefitted from a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship.

The Alumni will bring this group together to share ideas and reflect upon their experiences. It will also act as a professional support network with events hosted by the Foundation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association - Scotland Launch, Edinburgh

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association was launched in Scotland on Monday 3rd November 2014 at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Guests and scholars were able to network, also hearing from CNO Scotland Ros Moore, Leadership scholar Clare Tester and Research scholar Joanne McPeake. 

The Alumni Association has been developed to bring together a leading group of healthcare professionals all of whom have benefitted from a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship.

The Alumni will bring this group together to share ideas and reflect upon their experiences. It will also act as a professional support network with events hosted by the Foundation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The next event will be in Northern Ireland and will be the completion of the FNF Alumni Association launches that have taken place across the UK. 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association - Wales Launch, Museum of Cardiff 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association launched in Wales on Monday 20th October 2014 at The Museum of Cardiff.

The Alumni Association has been developed to bring together a leading group of healthcare professionals all of whom have benefitted from a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship.

The Alumni will bring this group together to share ideas and reflect upon their experiences. It will also act as a professional support network with events hosted by the Foundation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Presentation of Certificates 2014

The Presentation of Certificates took place at Girdlers' Hall, London which was once again kindly hosted by The Girdlers' Company.

Sir Robert Francis QC, Patron of The Florence Nightingale Foundation joined us as our guest speaker and presented the scholars with their well-deserved certificates.

As part of the event, a scholar from each of the Leadership, Research and Travel Scholarships gave a presentation on the outcome of their scholarship, highlighting the benefits to patient care arising from their scholarship experience.

Guests included scholars, sponsors and The Florence Nightingale Foundation Trustees who all had a wonderful time, particularly our scholars who relished the opportunity to meet their sponsors.