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Lecture on the life, work and legacy of Florence Nightingale at IU Northwest set for Wednesday

Students, faculty and staff encouraged to learn more about the founder of modern nursing


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The Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing invites the campus to attend a lecture focusing on the life, work and legacy of Florence Nightingale, a celebrated nurse and the founder of modern nursing.

Nightingale is best known for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War, in which she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of carrying a lamp as she walked the halls of the battlefield hospital.

The event will take place on IU Northwest’s campus on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC). The event is organized into two parts, with the general program beginning at noon and the research program starting at 2:45 p.m.

The event, “Florence Nightingale: Her Life, Her Work, Her Legacy” will be presented by two speakers: Alp Kaya, owner of KD Travel, a historical and cultural tour company in Istanbul; and Alex Attewell, the former curator and latterly director of the Florence Nightingale Museum based in London.

During the general program, Kaya will give an illustrated lecture on the political, cultural, religious, and medical history of Istanbul. As a highly experienced historian and tour guide, Kaya will provide a unique insight into the place where Florence Nightingale arrived in 1854 as she began the work which led her to worldwide fame as “The Lady with the Lamp.”

Attewell, who will also speak during the general program, will survey the biography and contributions of the great nursing leader. He will also reflect on the importance of recent visits to the Crimean battlefields and Scutari Hospital, the scene of Nightingale’s famed Crimean work.

During the research program, Attewell will draw from his experiences at the Nightingale Museum to provide an overview of the Nightingale resources and will provide the participants with a selection of case studies, helping attendees to understand the challenges and benefits of historical nursing research.

Kaya, the owner of KD Travel, has more than 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. He specializes in Ottoman culture, art, religion, gastronomy, medicine and folk traditions, but he also has extensive experience leading tours across Europe, north Africa and the Middle East. In 2010, Kaya became a board member of the Association of Turkish Tour Guides and he is well known as a contributor to documentary films on Ottoman culture.

Attewell was responsible for curating many exhibitions on subjects related to the biography of Nightingale and to nursing and public health. He has also lectured extensively on Nightingale in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe, and contributed to many media debates on the subject of Nightingale. Since 2008, Attewell has led regular Florence Nightingale study tours to Istanbul as a tour leader for Jon Baines Tours.

There is no cost to attend either of the programs, unless one wants contact hours. Contacts hours for registered nurses cost $10 to attend the general program and $5 to attend the research program.

To register, please visit the below links:

• General program registration link:

• Research program registration link:

Please note, the general program is limited to 100 attendees and the research program is limited to 25 attendees.

The event sponsors are the Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Indiana University Alumni Association (IUPUI and Bloomington), and Indiana University School of Nursing, Office of Lifelong Learning.

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