Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC

Source: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Source: The Florence Nightingale Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Foundation

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Providing inspiration and scholarships in Healthcare for the 21st Century, The Florence Nightingale Foundation exists to support nurses and midwives with mentoring, and to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation raise vital funds to support this key group of clinical professionals enabling studying at home and abroad. It promotes innovation in practice, in addition to extending knowledge and skills to enable nurses and midwives to meet changing needs and improve patient care.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation calendar of events

The Florence Nightingale Foundation research scholarships

NHS Professionals is the very proud sponsor of The Florence Nightingale Foundation’s research scholarship, which provides a fantastic opportunity for nurses to engage in nursing and midwifery research activity.

The scholarships are available to nurses and midwives and are awarded for projects which will be of direct benefit to patients and the professions more widely.

For more information on the range of scholarships available through The Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Here’s more information about five of The Florence Nightingale Foundation research scholars:

The Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service

This annual service held each May at Westminster Abbey commemorates the life and work of Florence Nightingale and celebrates nursing, midwifery and all staff, both qualified and unqualified, working in healthcare.

Each year nearly 2,000 nurses, midwives, healthcare professionals and guests attend the service.

One of our joint scholars, Jenny Tarver, was fortunate enough to be involved in the 2013 service along with two other scholars. The traditional ‘Procession of the Lamp’ was led by David Wright, a Florence Nightingale scholar, with an escort of student nurses from De Montfort University, Leicester. On arrival before the High Altar, the lamp was handed to Joanne McPeake who, in turn, passed the lamp to Jenny.

International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s Birthday

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year, worldwide, on 12th May to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

The International Council of Nurses has celebrated this day since 1965 and 12th May was chosen as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference

This conference is aimed at all nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals, across all aspects of healthcare delivery, seeking to enhance their Continuing Professional Development or Continuing Medical Education.

The two day event provides delegates with the opportunity to:

  • hear from a range of inspirational, high profile speakers
  • take part in a wide variety of outstanding masterclasses focusing on sharing best practice and practical innovations in healthcare
  • network with other senior healthcare professionals and leaders in a learning

The 2014 conference opens for registration in the Autumn; for more information on thee event including details of the success of the 2013 event.

Nursing Times Awards

NHS Professionals is a proud co-sponsor of the Rising Star Award, part of The Nursing Times Awards, alongside The Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Chief Nursing Officer’s 6 Cs Live.

The Rising Star Award aims to recognise a nurse who shows real potential to influence and lead the profession in the future. 

This award aims to recognise a nurse who has been qualified for less than five years, and demonstrates exceptional qualities that embody the best of nursing and the leadership skills to inspire others to follow their example. Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have put one or more of the 6Cs (below) into practice through an initiative to improve patient care:

- Care
- Compassion
- Competence
- Communication
- Courage
- Commitment

They have the capacity to develop essential nursing skills quickly, and the creativity to innovate and reshape services. Nurses like these will be a positive influence on the profession throughout their careers.

Kim Barstow, a Staff Nurse from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, won the Rising Star Award in 2012. Since then her passion and dedication to nursing hasn’t gone unnoticed – she delivered her award winning dementia presentation at The Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference 2013, which brought the audience to tears.

Find out more about Kim’s journey since winning the prestigious award and learn more about her drive for dementia awareness in England.