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Calendar celebrates Florence Nightingale’s contribution to district nursing

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Community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has created a new wall calendar for 2011, illustrated with twelve vivid photographs from the QNI archives showing nurses at work, alongside quotes from nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

Nightingale was instrumental in helping William Rathbone, the Liverpool MP and philanthropist, establish the first district nursing services and training school in the 19th Century. She wrote, “In hospitals and infirmaries they may say, ‘Where everything is provided, it is easy to be clean and airy, orderly and godly, but look at us in our one room – and a sick person in it into the bargain – and with no appliances.’ Here the trained district nurse steps in. Here, in the family, she meets them on their own ground.”
 
Rosemary Cook, Director of the QNI said, “We chose to illustrate this year’s calendar with the words of Florence Nightingale to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her death. Her major contribution to the creation of district nursing is not that widely known. We are hoping to address that with these thought provoking words and images, some of which have not been seen for many years and are published here for the first time.”
 
Funds raised by the sale of the calendar, which is sponsored by the RCN, CPHVA and Association of District Nurse Educators, will help the QNI to develop its charitable activities to improve patient care in the community.

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