What does the Fellowship do?
- It promotes the interests of Nightingale Nurses by maintaining an active and lively association.
- It offers assistance to those of its members in need through the Benevolent Fund (see ‘Grants & Awards’).
- It encourages continuing education and lifelong learning through access to the Esmond Bequest and other associated funds (see Grants and Awards).
- It keeps members up to date with current professional nursing issues through the Nightingale Fellowship Journal and a range of events.
- It influences and contributes to the promotion of Florence Nightingale’s legacy relevant to present and future patient care. This is achieved through its educational grants and through its contributions to, and support of, the Florence Nightingale Museum.
Who can join the Fellowship?
Registered nurses and midwives who have obtained their qualification from any of the following:
- The Nightingale Training School at St Thomas’ Hospital (later Health District).
- The Nightingale and Guy’s College of Nursing and Midwifery.
- The Nightingale and Guy’s College of Health.
- The Nightingale Institute, King’s College London.
- The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London.
- Registered nurses and midwives trained elsewhere, but who have held a nursing or midwifery appointment within the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust or in one of the associated schools listed above, for at least 3 consecutive years are eligible to be associate members. After a total of 10 consecutive years in the Trust, an associate member may apply for full membership.
- From time to time, the Council invites individuals other than nurses to become Honorary Associate Members of the Nightingale Fellowship in recognition of the exceptional support they have given to the Fellowship and/or its members. Three senior medical staff and a former Chaplain from St Thomas’ Hospital accepted Honorary Membership in 2003.
How can I join?
What do I get for my money?
- The opportunity to keep in touch with colleagues from your nursing days.
- Support from the Fellowship, the Benevolent Fund, the Esmond Bequest and the Sir Geoffrey Bateman Travel Award (see ‘Grants and awards‘), within the approved criteria.
- Two Journals a year keeping you up to date with Nightingales across the world and with events and developments at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Hospital Trust.
- The opportunity to meet up with colleagues at the Chapel Service, AGM and over an excellent tea.
- The chance to influence and inform the work of the Fellowship.