The chronicle of the final voyage of the medical relief ship GSC Nightingale.
WELCOME TO THE 2213-2217 CLASS
OF THE GSC NIGHTINGALE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.