Leadership and Empowerment

The Nightingale Method

Display No. 196

Nightingale designed a nursing management structure, called known as “the Nightingale Method”, where it was possible for women to rise through the profession from Probationer to Superintendent. She believed it was essential for Superintendents to report to hospital boards of governors rather than deferring to doctors.

Today, all nurses in the UK come under the leadership of the Chief Nursing Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The current Chief Nursing Officer for England is Dr Ruth May, pictured here.”

Ruth May said “Florence Nightingale epitomises what it means to be a great nurse and leader. Her resolute commitment to transforming the quality of care through the use data and evidence-based research remains at the heart of modern nursing. 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife is the perfect opportunity to highlight and celebrate Florence Nightingale’s leadership that influenced both nursing, in England and across the globe.”

Image courtesy of Ruth May

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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!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!