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Nightingale events at the Wellcome Collection06 Sep 2010, PR 185/10
The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s is to hold two events at the Wellcome Collection this month – ‘Handle with Care: Next Generation Nightingales’ and ‘Navigating Nightingale’.
The first event, ‘Handle with Care: Next Generation Nightingales’, takes place at 19.00 on Friday 17 September and is a free, interactive, event open to all. The event will explore the critical roles that science and the senses play in nursing and midwifery, and reflects upon the changing practice over the past 150 years, using film, theatre, music, talks and hands-on activities.
The evening will unfold around a variety of ‘stations’ throughout the Wellcome Collection building, each exploring different aspects of modern nursing and midwifery practice. Find out why bikers need to look after their legs and meet a bee keeper to learn why honey isn’t just spread on toast. How has nutritional care changed since Florence’s day? Taste Crimean beef tea and traditional junket whilst learning about modern day nutrition and holistic health management. Explore efforts to tackle infant mortality and leave us your anecdotes for our memory cradle, or sit back and enjoy films such as Red Cross Pluck in a short programme of silent films accompanied by live music. The new smart phone app ‘Navigating Nightingale’ will also be unveiled.
A programme of talks will include insights about Florence from her biographer Mark Bostridge and army nurse Lieutenant Colonel Janet Pilgrim, a King’s alumna, will describe the challenges of contemporary nursing on the front line. Dubbed “Florence of Arabia”, Janet received the prestigious Royal Red Cross medal for outstanding services, devotion to duty and professional competence in British military nursing during the Iraq conflict.
A mini exhibition organised by the Design Council will showcase design solutions to address infection control, and improve patient dignity. See prototypes of innovative new products including a universal patient gown, a wipe-clean blood pressure cuff and a simple timing device to indicate how long an intravenous drip has been in place.
Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes at the Wellcome Trust, comments: ‘Nurses and midwives are often the unsung heroes of our healthcare system and few stop to consider the diversity and flexibility of their role. Handle With Care invites visitors to celebrate 150 years of nursing as a profession and learn more about what it means to be a modern day nurse or midwife’.
On Saturday 18 September, also at the Wellcome Collection, the School will hold ‘Navigating Nightingale’, an academic symposium. The day long conference, which will be introduced by Professor Rick Trainor, Principal, King’s College London, will see the life and work of Florence Nightingale discussed from a wide variety of angles including war studies, history of medicine, celebrity and the media, religion, and travel writing.
Speakers and chairs will include academics from King's, alongside experts from the Florence Nightingale Museum, the University of Pennsylvania, and Florence Nightingale biographer, Mark Bostridge. A programme for Navigating Nightingale and details of how to register for the symposium are available here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/nursing/events/other.html. Deadline for registration is Friday 10 September. Tickets are £35 or £25 for students and members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine, who are kindly supporting the symposium.
Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty, Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery said: ‘I am delighted that the School has co-created these innovative events - a real cornucopia of care. They celebrate the creative contribution of nurses and midwives to the craft of care, reflecting and building on the past as well as being focussed on the future. The events bring together artists and designers with nurses, midwives, historians and biographers in new creative collaborations. We are thrilled to be working with the Wellcome Collection in this exciting way.'
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Wellcome Collection is a free visitor destination for the incurably curious. Located at 183 Euston Road, London, Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The building comprises three gallery spaces, a public events programme, the Wellcome Library, a café, a bookshop, conference facilities and a members' club.
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Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery – celebrating 150 years
The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College London is the world’s first professional School of nursing established by Florence Nightingale in 1860 and this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. Visit our commemorative anniversary website: www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/nursing/anniversary/
The number one Nursing and Midwifery School in London and highly regarded by leading London NHS Trusts with links to industry, health services and policy makers, the School develops leading-edge nurses and midwives of tomorrow – practitioners, partners, and leaders in their field.
The School has over 1,000 full-time students training to be nurses and midwives plus an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate activities to meet the needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals seeking continuing professional development. The School is at the forefront of health services, policy and evaluation research and home to the influential National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) – the only Department of Health-funded unit of its kind in England. For further information visit www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/nursing/
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