Florence Nightingale Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) was established in 1929 as a living memorial to Florence.  The Foundation advances the study of nursing and midwifery and promotes excellence in practice to benefit patients.  It provides scholarships and leadership programmes that enable nurses and midwives to extend their knowledge and skills to meet the changing needs of patient care for today and the future.  Further, the Foundation develops new knowledge and creates the evidence base for nursing and midwifery practice through the ‘Florence Nightingale Clinical Professoriate’ . In 2019 it will set up the Florence Nightingale Academy.

We are a small team with a big ambition. Everything we do supports nurses and midwives to be their best, to do their best for their patients, service users and the people they care for.

Our Vision

To nurture nursing and midwifery leaders to pioneer change in patient care, honouring Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

  • We will be the leading scholarship provider for nurses and midwives, recognised for influencing breakthroughs in health and social care policy and practice on a national and global level.
  • We wish to be known for our legacy: our scholars, our professoriate and alumni who apply their learning to modernise practice and influence a smarter approach to health policy, ultimately saving lives and improving quality of life.
  • We will support our scholars, professoriate and alumni to realise their ambition and confidence to generate new knowledge to provoke change and introduce new approaches in nursing and midwifery to positively impact upon their patients, their staff and communities.
  • To be recognised as the “go to” organisation for leading opinion on professional issues affecting nurses and midwives.

Our Values

We are guided by a core set of values:

Instinct – We care for patients and this is at the heart of what we do. Like Florence Nightingale, we have an overriding instinct to be better and discover new ways to improve patient care.

Provoke – We challenge norms and non-evidenced based nursing and midwifery practice. We promote transparency and lead communities to ignite change for the better.  We use Florence's legacy as leverage to intelligently influence those around us, unafraid to challenge the status quo when needed.

Nurture – We support our scholars and provide the tools, confidence and knowledge they need to lead change in their communities and influence those around them.

Pioneer – We develop courageous leaders who discover new ways of working and forge a path to impact policy and practice at local, national and International levels.

Partnership – We partner with nurses, midwives, employers, policy makers and like-minded organisations to ensure our work is current, relevant and future proofed.

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