Voyage of the Nightingale

The chronicle of the final voyage of the medical relief ship GSC Nightingale.

GSC Nightingale Program Syllabus


The GSC Nightingale is a unique ship with a distinctive mission: offer free, quality medical service to distant settlements that might not otherwise receive any. It is also the foremost training program for nurses and doctors that Earth has to offer. Students that sail on the Nightingale are offered opportunities they will find nowhere else, and singular experiences that will shape them as medical professionals and as human beings.

The program’s selection process is long and difficult for applicants, but this ensures only the best and most prepared students are given the privilege of sailing on the Nightingale.


The GSC Nightingale is an educational institution which provides humanitarian support to underserved extraterrestrial settlements which are owned or operated by the Galactic Settlers’ Command. The Nightingale prepares professionally competent people of integrity and substance who serve as stewards of health across multiple stations and settlements.

Core Values

The Nightingale‘s on-board university–as well as its crew–adhere to the tenets of integrity, excellence, and service before self. Each of these values will be rigorously applied and tested throughout the journey, and satisfactory demonstration of each is required for graduation and licensing.

Program Removal

Students who are removed from the program for any reason will remain on the ship in a janitorial capacity without pay. These students will answer directly to the crew janitorial staff and will obey all instructions. Further offenses will result in further punishment.

Alcohol and Drug Use

Students are not permitted to imbibe alcoholic beverages or use any non-prescribed drugs for the duration of the journey. Any student found breaking this rule will be immediately removed from the program.

General Syllabus

Each year is broken into three semesters, resulting in twelve total. While the ship is in transit, classes will run from 0700-1600 daily. Lunch is a half-hour break from 1200-1230. After 1600, students are expected to study, maintain their assigned DEXTER unit, or engage in approved leisure activities (exercise, reading, etc). When the ship docks at a settlement, students will be updated with that settlement’s specific schedule.

Every student’s syllabus and schedule is accessible via the NightingaleTracker.

Student Uniform

The only authorized wear on the Nightingale is the issued blue scrubs uniform and white shoes. Students may not wear any jewelry, due to safety reasons. Plastic watches will be issued with the uniform and are mandatory wear. Students with long hair must fasten it away from the face. Students must wear their identification badge at all times.

Student Health and Wellness

The well-being of students is of the utmost importance to the faculty; therefore, if a settlement stop might endanger student lives, it will be skipped. Students will be briefed on local customs and laws of each settlement. Law enforcement on each settlement is to be informed of student status so they may contact the Nightingale crew and faculty in the event of student arrest.

Students who fall ill or are injured must notify their adviser immediately. Students will be treated by the ship’s doctor. In the event of student death, the deceased student will be frozen until return to Earth.


4 comments on “GSC Nightingale Program Syllabus

  1. The Leaking Pen
    January 19, 2015

    Each of these values will be rigorously tested applied and tested throughout the journey

    you said tested twice.

    faculty in the vent of student arrest.


    In the event of student death, the deceased student will be frozen until return to Earth.

    no provision to be used as spare parts or as a training aid? I would totally make them all sign donor cards, and make students work on the body of their deceased fellow. get that depression out of the way early!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nursingcapsarecool
      January 19, 2015

      Gah! Thanks for catching those. That’s what I get for writing this before my brain is awake. ^_^

      I have plans for them to do autopsies later, but no on each other. I figured the waiting families on Earth would be pretty upset if they got their tragically-deceased student back in bits and pieces. 😛


  2. Oniwasabi
    January 19, 2015

    In the ‘Mission’ paragraph your ship becomes the GCS Nightingale instead of GSC. We’re only at the briefing, and pirates have already taken the ship! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • nursingcapsarecool
      January 19, 2015

      Pirates?! NOOOOOO!!!


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