Our guide for this ‘pilgrimage’ was our dear friend and colleague the Reverend Tom Keighley, who is also a British nursing leader who now serves as a consultant to the European Union and particularly for the EU’s newest nations, as they prepare their nursing workforce to meet EU health care standards.
Over lunch at the Royal Naval Club, we shared our plans for the Nightingale’s 2020 Bicentenary and received some great suggestions from Tom, who also serves as one of NIGH’s international Advisors.
All photos for this Blog are from NIGH’s archives and Phalakshi Manjrekar’s camera.
During the last days of our time together, we capped off our amazing journey — with lovely meals and snacks with friends and colleagues — focusing on our collective preparations to participate in and celebrate the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary in less than four years from now.
Above, after visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, we found a lovely nearby coffee place where we supped with Jill Iliffe, the CEO of the Commonwealth Nurses & Midwives Federation (CNMF). We especially wanted to thank her again for hosting us at their 3rd International Conference and for facilitating our further planning for the 2020 Bicentenary with CNMF's Board of Directors at their the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Shown below, the next day, we were also hosted for a gracious midmorning tea — in the historic Victoria district — by our friends and colleagues Liz Robb (left) and Abi Masterson (right) of the Florence Nightingale Foundation — who host the Westminster Abbey Service to honour Nightingale & Nurses every year. See our Blog titled 'Remembering Nightingale in Westminster, London.'
Again we were inspired to ponder — together — how best to prepare to celebrate Nightingale’s vision for nurses during her Bicentenary.
Maps derived from Google Maps. Photos from NIGH’s archives and Phakakshi Manjrekar’s camera.