'NURSOLOGY' BLOGS UPDATE THE NIGHTINGALE STORY
Instead, Nightingale was indeed a staunch advocate for Indigenous children to learn in their own languages and she was an ardent activist who demonstrated respect and appreciation for all races and creeds. To tell this neglected story in-depth and with updated insights, Canadian nurse leader Dr. Adeline Falk-Rafael has created three 'Nursology' blogs to share how Florence Nightingale was an 'upstream advocate' who wrote about and acted upon her commitment that nursing is more than caring for people after they are sick or injured. Across these contributions, Dr. Falk-Rafael also highlights the work of Mary Seacole — to compare and appreciate the works of both Nightingale and Seacole.
Dr. Falk-Rafael's well-researched blogs are available here:
Part I: Debunking A “Bitter Rivalry”: The Notable Works of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale
Part II: The Nursing/Healing Work of Mary Seacole: Skillful Nurse and Doctress
Part III: Nightingale's Neglected 'Upstream" Advocacy
Across the history of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale has been widely praised and she has often been erroneously misunderstood as well. To today's critiques, she might well have encouraged the widespread activist commitments inherent in the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. She would have championed the growing, deepening concern for the horrors Indigenous peoples have endured from 'colonialists' and others who did not understand or respect the value of Indigenous cultures — like we are encouraged to do today. In her last major essay — 'Sick-Nursing and Health-Nursing' — Nightingale closed her text with her far-reaching vision for our time and beyond: “May we hope that, when we are all dead and gone, leaders will arise… who will lead far beyond anything we have done!"
Just as the world has long-celebrated Nightingale's contributions to nursing by honoring her May 12th birthday as International Nurses Day, we can update our own concepts of what 'nursing' meant to Nightingale >>> We can also better understand what we can do — in her footsteps — to live into what nursing is today and what nursing needs to become for the health of all humanity — in our time and beyond.