Healing, Leadership, Global Action
by Barbara Montgomery Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC,
Louise C. Selanders, EdD, RN, FAAN
Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN;
Alex Attewell, BA, AMA
Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership,
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
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).
Selanders, L.C. (2010).
The Encyclopedia of War
Selanders, L.C. (2010).
Nightingale: The evolution and social impact
of feminist values in nursing
Journal of Holistic Nursing, pp.70-78.
Selanders, L.C. (March 2010).
power of environmental adaptation: Florence
Nightingale’s original theory for
of Holistic Nursing, pp. 81-88.
Selanders, L. C., Crane, C. & Lake,
From Charity to Caring:
Nightingale’s Experience at Harley
. Journal of Holistic
Selanders, L. C. & Crane, C. (2010).
Florence Nightingale in absentia:
Nursing and the 1893 Columbian Exposition
Journal of Holistic Nursing.