Book cover - Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action

Florence Nightingale Today:
Healing, Leadership, Global Action

by Barbara Montgomery Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN;
Louise C. Selanders, EdD, RN, FAAN ;
Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN;
Alex Attewell, BA, AMA

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WINNER: American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award (2005)

Well-known as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale also pioneered health science, health statistics, social reform and what we now term evidenced-based practice, holistic nursing, nursing theory and public health. The ongoing utility and vitality of such a far-ranging and forward-looking legacy is the subject of this book.

Three renowned nurse scholars join the director of the Florence Nightingale Museum to present an illustrated and insightful portrait of this remarkable woman. Interpreting the historical record of Nightingale’s life and work through the tenets of healing, leadership and global action, the authors identify, analyze and discuss the many ways that her work – practical and visionary – can rejuvenate nurses, nursing and healthcare worldwide in our time as it did in her own.

The authors focus in particular on Nightingale’s spirituality, a practical mysticism drawn from the essentials of the major religious traditions. This deeply personal foundation gave her the guidance and resolve to endure decades of chronic illness and other overwhelming challenges, and was fundamental to her global fame and influence in her own century.

Florence Nightingale Today is grounded in 21st century scholarship and perspectives, authorial passion, and Nightingale’s own words. Relative to the latter, it includes two commentaries on and the full archival text of two critical, shorter works: her formal letters to the nurses (1872-1900) and her influential 1893 essay, ‘Sick Nursing and Health Nursing’. Like the rest of this timely book, these insights into Florence Nightingale will inform and empower all who read it.

Other Selected Publications

  • Selanders, L.C. (2008). Florence Nightingale . Commissioned entry for Encyclopedia Britannica .
  • Selanders, L.C. (2010). Florence Nightingale 1820-1910 . Commissioned entry for The Encyclopedia of War .
  • Selanders, L.C. (2010). Florence Nightingale: The evolution and social impact of feminist values in nursing . Journal of Holistic Nursing, pp.70-78.
  • Selanders, L.C. (March 2010). The power of environmental adaptation: Florence Nightingale’s original theory for nursing practice . Journal of Holistic Nursing, pp. 81-88.
  • Selanders, L. C., Crane, C. & Lake, K. (2010). From Charity to Caring: Nightingale’s Experience at Harley Street . Journal of Holistic Nursing.
  • Selanders, L. C. & Crane, C. (2010). Florence Nightingale in absentia: Nursing and the 1893 Columbian Exposition . Journal of Holistic Nursing.