Adult Nursing Students’ Danielle Anderson and Adam Weir attended the Florence Nightingale Foundation Students’ day on Wednesday 17th May 2017. The Foundation is a living memorial to Florence Nightingale and its activities include; advancing the study of nursing and promoting excellence in nursing practice, raising funds for scholarships, promoting the special contribution of nursing to society and the health of people, encouraging international understanding and learning between nurses and midwives. The service in Westminster Abbey is held annually to commemorate Florence’s birthday on 12
The service in Westminster Abbey is held annually to commemorate Florence’s birthday on 12th May – now International Nurses Day. Each year a different HEI has the honour of escorting the lamp through the Abbey and on this occasion, Edinburgh Napier University students proudly wore the more traditional nurse’s uniform.
Danielle and Adam have shared these comments about their experience.
“The Florence Nightingale Foundation students’ day was extremely beneficial to me and the other students from around the UK who attended. It provided a great insight into the different courses in Nursing and Midwifery and it was interesting to hear other students discuss their experiences. The questions to the panel allowed us as students to express our thoughts and worries about the professions and the members of the panel done a fantastic job of answering these. They were extremely supportive and provided us with good information and tips for our future careers. It was lovely to be able to take the time to remember Florence Nightingale and the museum trip allowed me to recognise the difference that she made and how nursing has changed over the years. The service in Westminster Abbey was an excellent ending to a fantastic day. It was encouraging to see how nurses are recognised and brought lots of different individuals together to celebrate the profession and Florence Nightingale. I would recommend that all future student that are given the opportunity to attend this day take full advantage of it. I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”
“…this was one that I shall remember for the rest of my career. It gave me great pleasure to be able to converse with students from all across the UK, and to be able to share ideas and views surrounding the ever advancing profession that is nursing. I wish I could do it again, and I would encourage any other students to do this in the future!”