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Dr. Louise Selanders is an internationally recognized nurse historian who passionately believes that the history of nursing offers answers to current and future issues of nursing education, practice and research. She has sought to accurately identify the contributions of Florence Nightingale in the areas of nursing theory, leadership and philosophical development of the profession. Dr. Selanders also gives lectures on these respective and other related topics. Please visit the Lecture Topics page for more details.

Most recently, Dr. Selanders co-authored the award winning volume Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action (Nursesbooks.org; 2005) which details how solutions identified and implemented by Nightingale can be effective in resolving issues such as global health, managed care and the nursing shortage. This volume was selected as the 2005 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. See Selected Publications for ordering information and other available publications.

Currently, Dr. Selanders is a professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. She has championed undergraduate education in nursing. She is the Director of the Master's Program. She teaches in the traditional, accelerated option, RN-BSN completion tracks as well as in the Master's program. She offers a challenging study abroad program each summer in London which both identifies the origins of modern nursing and compares and contrasts the current status of nursing in the United Kingdom and the United States. Visit International Opportunities for further information.

For helpful links relating to Florence Nightingale and the nursing profession please visit the Links page.

To contact Dr. Louise Selanders please visit the Contact Information page.

“Dr. Selanders has provided an extraordinary and unique contribution to the nursing profession through three decades as a historical nursing researcher and Nightingale Scholar. Her mission is to interpret the nursing’s legacy for students and health care professionals as it relates to current practice and education through her teaching and publications.”
- Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN; Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants; International Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health

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