Over het FNI

Het Florence Nightingale Insituut is het kenniscentrum voor de geschiedenis van de verplegende en de verzorgende beroepen.

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Over het FNI

Wie meer wil weten over de historie van de verpleging en verzorging is bij het Florence Nightingale Instituut aan het juiste adres. Als kenniscentrum stimuleren we (wetenschappelijk) onderzoek naar de geschiedenis van deze prachtige beroepen. We ontwikkelen educatieve modules voor zorgstudenten en delen het erfgoed met behulp van beelden en verhalen. Dat doen we op geheel eigentijdse wijze .

Over ons

Het Florence Nightingale Instituut (FNI) is het (online) kenniscentrum voor de geschiedenis van verpleging en verzorging. Je kunt op deze website terecht voor informatie over die geschiedenis. Ook zijn we regelmatig in het land te vinden. Het FNI heeft geen bezoekerscentrum. De naam Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is gekozen als eerbetoon aan de visionaire grondlegster van de verpleegkunde. Zij formuleerde de basisprincipes van verplegen en verzorgen en legde die vast in het nog steeds actuele boekje ‘Notes on Nursing’.

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Missie

Het Florence Nightingale Instituut onderzoekt, verzamelt en draagt kennis uit over de geschiedenis van de verpleegkundige en verzorgende beroepen. We stimuleren en doen onderzoek, bieden educatieve opdrachten aan en presenteren op allerlei manieren het verpleegkundig erfgoed.

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Beroepstrots

Wij willen een bijdrage leveren aan de beroepsverdieping en -trots van verpleegkundigen en verzorgenden. Hoe? Door hen te laten zien in welke traditie zij staan.

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Educatie

Wij bieden educatieve modules rond allerlei thema’s uit de rijke geschiedenis van verpleging en verzorging. Deze zijn speciaal ontwikkeld voor studenten Verpleegkunde op HBO- en MBO-niveau.

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Reacties


De eerste evaluaties zijn binnen. Deze mooie reactie kregen we binnen van een docent van een groot ROC: "Rond 12 mei heb ik met plezier gebruik gemaakt van de opdrachten betreffende de geschiedenis van de verpleging. De opdrachten waren op het juiste niveau geschreven en sloten goed aan. Wij waren er in het team blij mee! Ik heb niet direct veel tips. Alleen maar een top! Het scheelde in de werkdruk..."

Onderzoek

Wij bevorderen historisch onderzoek door kennis over de verpleegkundige en verzorgende beroepsgroepen te stimuleren, faciliteren en te publiceren.

 

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Cultureel erfgoed

Wij dragen zorg voor behoud, beheer, documentatie en tentoonstellen van het verpleegkundig en verzorgend cultureel erfgoed. Dat doen we op deze website aan de hand van themadossiers en door het land in de vorm van mobiele exposities en speciale events. Het Florence Nightingale Instituut beheert in totaal zo’n 1.500 verpleegkundige objecten. Topstukken zijn de originele handtekening én brief van Florence Nightingale en het popje van zuster Antje Stieltjes. Maar ook egodocumenten van zo’n 150 individuele verpleegsters die bestaan uit puntenboekjes, diploma’s en enkele dagboekjes. Onze insignecollectie telt maar liefst 800 insignes. Ieder insigne is aan de achterzijde voorzien van een uniek registratienummer. Hierdoor is te herleiden van wie het insigne is geweest en waar het diploma is behaald. 

Ieder insigne kent zo z’n eigen unieke verhaal en die verhalen willen wij graag voor jou ontsluiten. Om het erfgoed in zijn juiste context te plaatsen, zoeken wij, waar nodig, aansluiting bij andere collecties. Denk aan aan particuliere collecties of aan andere (internationale) musea. Voor ons staat niet zozeer de collectie zelf centraal, als wel het verhaal dat achter ieder object schuil gaat. Want juist die verhalen vertellen iets over het leven van die unieke verpleegkundige of verzorgende en dat houdt onze geschiedenis levend.

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English

The history of nursing attracted growing interest in the Netherlands in the 1980s. This led in 1993 to the establishment of the National Museum of Nursing, which changed its name to the Florence Nightingale Institute (FNI) in 2007. The museum closed in 2013 and transformed itself in an online knowledge Centre with a virtual museum.

EAHN Bulletin

We like to share the latest bulletin  of the European Association for the History of Nursing. 

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A Reincarnation of a Conference

October 2016 - On 4 October 2016 Rotterdam will hold the limelight. This is obviously due to the presence of Queen Máxima, who will attend the 5th European Nursing Congress. In a marathon session of 4 days, 700 nurses from all over Europe will discuss the issues concerning Caring for Older People. A reincarnation of a congress from 1892. 

Gathering of People Interested in Nursing (1892)

In 1891, the Dutch nursing world was all aflutter. Everything was focused on the first conference for nurses, the Gathering. A large event that was held for the very first time, to showcase how nursing had become a real profession. With this conference, the Netherlands showed that it no longer lagged behind the rest of Europe. Although the organisers tried to claim the honour, the idea for this conference came from Anne Reynvaan en Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, two ladies with guts.

The aim of the Gathering was to achieve more unity in the education and the examination of nurses. For this was still rather a haphazard affair. Each hospital followed a different procedure. After extensive preparations, the nursing conference took place on 4 and 5 October 1892, in Amsterdam. The class room of the recently opened Wilhelmina-Gasthuis was filled to capacity.

Many “fresh looking nurses”

Although the estimates of the number of attendants went as high as 250, officially, 175 participants of the conference were registered. A wide variety of organisations, Christian and neutral, but all active in the field of nursing in the Netherlands, had gathered. The collaboration of so many parties made the conference extraordinary. For two days, ideas were exchanged on urgent issues in nursing. Directors of hospitals, physicians, ministers and managers of private organisations, but also politicians and municipal functionaries were present. Still, these men of name and fame were not the biggest draws. Much more attention was paid to the many women seated in the hall. Female directors, deputy directors, head nurses and private nurses were all present. “Ordinary” nurses who had managed to get a day off were also present. Among them, especially the “fresh looking nurses” of the Wilhelmina Gasthuis colouring the rows with their blue uniforms were remarked upon.

Many of the nurses were wearing the prescribed uniform of their own hospital, which gave a pleasant, colourful impression. But nor everyone was charmed. The physician Nijhoff, one of the speakers at the conference, was of a different opinion. In his report for the Dutch Periodical for Medical Science, he noted that the uniforms “gave some a tasteful appearance, while looking awful on others”.

Silent female directors 

It was also remarkable that the conference had a female president, Jeltje de Bosch Kemper. Although a substantial number of leading women in the nursing world was present, it is striking that none of them was among the speakers. Not a single female director gave a lecture, not even Anna Reynvaan. All lectures were given exclusively by prominent physicians. And even though the filling in of the nursing profession, the requirements in the education and the examination, were fiercely debated after the lectures, none of the nurses present participated. It had been so arranged that, without a payment of 2,50 guilders, they had no right to speak. Hence, the most important conclusions of this gathering were that there should be more collaboration and more unity between the different institutes.

A successful conference, one might say. The newspapers were jubilant. But would the professionalization of the nursing profession not have been arranged differently if the nursing directors and the nurses themselves would have been able to voice their wishes at the conference? The Gathering cannot be called more than a “hesitant” professionalization. For the 5th European Nursing Congress, the reincarnation of the Gathering, expectations are rather different.

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International ambitions

Nurses and care givers play an essential role in social changes. They do so since 1880. To prepare students for this flexible role, they can profit from knowledge of the development of their future profession. Research and education in the history of nursing are therefore our spearheads.

Read our ambitions here

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Nursing rings the gong

12 May is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. For that reason, this day was chosen for nurses and carers to celebrate International Nurses Day each year. In 2015, Eline de Kok, who is a nurse and a nursing scientist working at the UMC Utrecht ringed the gong of the AEX and thus call attention to the strength of nurses and carers in society.



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Mission statement

The mission of the Florence Nightingale Institute is to develop the history of nursing as an academic discipline and to use it both to add depth to the profession’s remit and to strengthen professional pride.

The FNI collaborates closely with universities and colleges to develop the history of nursing as a discipline, both in research and in nurses’ training.

The Dutch Centre draws attention to the history of nursing for the benefit of a broad target group, including active and retired nurses as well as carers, students, and the public at large.

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Education

The Dutch Centre considers it important to teach the history of nursing as part of nurses’ training. To achieve this, it engages in an intensive dialogue with teachers to learn their precise needs in order to teach this subject.

We have developed an educational programme corresponding to their needs and expectations, and new material for students is constantly being developed as part of our website.

At the request of the Ministry of Public Health, the Dutch Centre was also involved, from 2009 to 2013, in devising teaching programmes for pre-vocational secondary school (VMBO) pupils.

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