Nursing & Midwifery

Howard Catton, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses

Display No. 11

Howard Catton qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and held a variety of nursing posts in England and the United States. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in February 2019. Under his leadership, the ICN is seeking to maximise the opportunities presented by the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and build on its legacy.

Howard said, “Florence Nightingale challenged hierarchies and the status quo using irrefutable evidence gathered from the field, and was a powerful advocate for policy and political change. Committed to her principles, Florence was a disruptive innovator, never intimidated in her pursuit of improving the healthcare of patients. She believed in the necessity of practical change, and is not only the mother of nursing today but remains a guiding light for what nursing can and must achieve in the future”.

Image courtesy of the International Council of Nurses

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

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