Anyone visiting St Thomas’ hospital in central London recently will have noticed a statue as you enter from Westminster Bridge. It is of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican woman, who nursed sick and wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, where she became known as ‘Mother Seacole’. 310 more words
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Almost everyone has heard of Florence Nightingale, but the Crimean War produced another nurse worthy of note. The mixed race daughter of a Scottish soldier and a traditional native healer, Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant) was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. 181 more words
Many of us are familiar with the accounts of Florence Nightingale, the British nurse who worked tirelessly and in the most trying of circumstances during The Crimea War and who in many ways pushed forward and pioneered modern day healthcare and nursing. 2,012 more words
On difficult days, I ask myself what Mary Seacole would do.
Those who seek to denigrate her memory are more than mean – spirited. They not only question her nursing contribution in the Crimea – for which she was honoured by the British Army, the Times newspaper, Her Majesty Queen Victoria and 80,000 members of the public who attended celebrations in her honour. 720 more words
This week, it was reported that Black, Asian and other minority ethnic staff in Britain’s National Health Service were more likely to be bullied, abused and harassed than white staff, not just by patients but by their own colleagues and managers ( 987 more words