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May Meeting Wednesday May 1st 9:45 am
Guest Speaker: Grace Benson
Topic: Florence Nightingale: Her relevance and legacy today.
Grace has been a Lecturer in the School of Nursing at Manukau Institute of Technology since 1982. She has been
a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse since 1960 and holds a current Practising Certificate with the Nursing
Council of New Zealand. Born in 1938, Grace spent her first 18 years living on Great Barrier Island in Medlands Bay where her grandparents settled in the 1860s. Grace dreamed only of a career as a nurse and left the Island in 1956 to start her nursing training with the Auckland School of Nursing.
Having a passion for the history of nursing, Grace became interested in the ‘Founder of Modern Nursing’ Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). In 2010 Grace went on a pilgrimage to the homes and places where Nightingale lived and worked, including
her birthplace in Florence and the old Barrack Hospital at Scutari, Istanbul. Grace will be speaking of her personal experiences of nursing in her lifetime, the influence of her grandmother signing the Women’s Suffrage petition in 1893, seeing the rural nurse arrive on horseback in her early years, and how Florence Nightingale has continued to inspire her passion for nursing to this day. In 2017 Grace received recognition for her contribution to Nursing by gaining The
Kiwibank Local Hero Award and also a Certificate of Achievement as a Semi-finalist Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year.
Topic: Saving LST 325
Photos from U3A New Members Day