A 'Nightingale' Nurse Announced as New Chair of Trustees at the Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum is delighted to name Sue Sheridan as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. The most popular museum for nurses in the world now has a Nightingale-trained nurse leading the Board.


Sue Sheridan (nee Norman) qualified as a registered nurse (and Nightingale) from The Nightingale School of Nursing, St Thomas' Hospital in 1969. Following clinical practice, she qualified as a registered nurse tutor in 1978 and returned to teach at the Nightingale School for nine years. From 1988 to 1995, she worked in the Department of Health before being appointed Chief Executive and Registrar of the UK Central Council for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors (now the Nursing and Midwifery Council) from 1995 until her retirement in 2002. Co-editor of a major nursing text 'Nursing Practice and Health Care' for 25 years and a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health at London South Bank University, Sue also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Plymouth University. Non- Executive Director roles have included Association of Perioperative Practitioners, Burdett Trust for Nursing, Hyde Southbank Homes and In Touch Support. She is currently President of the Nightingale Fellowship.

Sue comments: ''Florence Nightingale's massive contribution to improving the public health and nursing care issues of her time has much resonance for us today. I'm delighted to have the privilege of being involved with the museum as chair of Trustees. We want to maximise Florence Nightingale's legacy to a wide audience nationally and internationally - the exceptional Executive and Trustee team will make that a reality."

The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the best known figure in nursing history. Located within St Thomas' Hospital, the museum was opened in 1989 and now forms a key part of London's medical heritage. The collection consists of personal material associated with Florence Nightingale, items relating to the Crimean War and nursing artefacts. The museum archives include approximately 800 letters from Florence Nightingale and an important rare book collection of 284 titles. The museum's Patron is HRH Princess Alexandra.

The Board of Trustees that govern the museum have been selected for their experience and skills in the NHS, charity and museum management, nursing, the history of nursing, the law, property management and investment, information systems and the local communities. The museum is an independent, registered charity. Last year, the museum had over 40,000 visitors, 18,000 of whom were school-children.

The Florence Nightingale Museum has been longlisted for the prestigious Clore Award for Museum Learning. The short list will be announced on May 14th.

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