New funds and thesis award for history of nursing

The Stichting Zuster Vernède (Sister Vernède Foundation) funds activities and projects focussing on the history of nursing and care in The Netherlands. The goal of the foundation is to stimulate the development of the nursing profession by promoting and financing historical research in the field. In addition, the foundation presents a bi-annual thesis award.

Funding possibilities and application deadlines

Since January of this year funds have been made available for research projects, conferences and publications. The foundation is also open to other ideas, as long as they contribute to its goal of promoting the history of nursing. Applications can be submitted:

  • once a year for research projects – next deadline September 1st, 2021
  • once a year for conferences – next deadline March 1st, 2022
  • twice a year for publications – next deadline September 1st, 2021
  • twice a year for other ideas – next deadline September 1st, 2021

Check out the foundation’s helpful website for more information on their funding.

Thesis award

In addition, the foundation has installed an award for bachelor and master theses, the Vernède Scriptieprijs. It is presented bi-annually in May, around Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. If you know a student who has written a great thesis on a subject to do with the history of nursing or care, the foundation would like to hear from you. More information about the thesis award is found here on the Zuster Vernède website.

Who was Zuster Vernède?

Catharina Helena Vernède (1875-1957) was a nurse and a teacher. In 1927, she wrote the first serious text book for nursing students about the history of the profession: the bestselling Geschiedenis der Ziekenverpleging (‘History of Nursing’). The book was mandatory for nursing students for many years, educating thousands.