“Florence” as metaphor and reality

Nursology.net was officially launched on September 18,  2018, just as hurricane-turned-tropical storm “Florence” raged through the U.S. southeast!  The name of this storm, and the timing of our launch, seemed more than a simple coincidence, considering the significance of this name in nursing history, and for the new beginnings that each “Florence” catalyzed for the global community.

Consider:

Florence Nightingale – 1820-1910 

  • Vision of nurses as agents of societal and individual reform
  • Coupled care with political activism directed at laws and social conditions contributing to ill health – used the results of statistical analyses to convince politicians and military leaders and others about what people needed for high-quality wellness.
  • Laid foundation for professional nursing by establishing world’s first secular school for nurses at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London

 

Florence Wald – 1917-2008 

  • Dean of Yale University School of Nursing 1958-1968
  • Opened the first hospice in the United States in 1971.
  • Initiated training for inmates in Connecticut to become hospice volunteers for dying inmates, an approach that became a model for prisons worldwide.

 

 

Florence Downs – 1925-2005 

  • Director of Post Graduate and Research Programs, New York University 1972-1977
  • Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania 1977-1993
  • Served as Chairperson for more than 100 doctoral dissertation committees
  • Editor, Nursing Research 1979-1997. As the first academic editor of Nursing Research, Dr. Downs changed the editorial policies of the journal from publication of “one shot studies” and infrequent publication of the same researcher’s work to the new policies that enhanced the publication of programs of research by the same researcher or team of researchers
  • “Florence Downs, a well-recognized nursing leader, educator, editor, and Scholar helped shape nursing as an intellectual discipline and wrote extensively about the importance of links between research and practice” In Memoriam: Florence Downs. Nursing Research, 54, 373. .
  • The Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development at New York University Rory Myers College of Nursing is named for Florence Downs

Each of these pre-eminent nurses who bore the name “Florence” emerged from circumstances in which they recognized that something significant needed to change – the status-quo was not sufficient. Their actions and the direction they set for the future were based on the premise that Nightingale put forward – it is the things that people do that cause illness and disease.  Like a hurricane, human actions can chart a new course, can change the lives and life-ways of so many people.

Nursology.net, is based on the belief that nursing itself holds the power to change the direction of healthcare, and to set a course toward health – for thriving in the face of hardship, and for peace in the midst of turbulent times.

Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN and Jacqueline Fawcett, RN; PhD; ScD(hon); FAAN; ANEF

References for Information on Florence Downs:

Fairman J, & Mahon MM. (2001). Oral history of Florence Downs: the early years. Nursing Research, 50, 322–328.
In Memoriam: Florence Downs. Nursing Research, 54, 373.
Vessey J, & Gennaro S. (2005). The gardener: Florence Downs, August 20, 1925-September 8, 2005. Nursing Research, 54, 374–375.

Abstract due dates now available on Nursology.net!

We have added a new feature – a list of abstract due dates for the future conferences that are listed on Nursology.net!  The due dates are in the sidebar on all of our pages and posts, with links to the Nursology.net page that shows more information about the conference!  On each page we provide links to each conference website where you can find detailed information about submitting an abstract and about the conference itself.

At the moment there are 4 due dates for abstracts – some of them looming in the very near future!  Here they are!

Of course these dates could change – and new ones will be added as we learn about them! So watch this site and our sidebar list of abstract due dates for updates.  And always check the conference website for the very latest and most accurate information!

Wondering where and when all the future nursology-related conferences are happening?  There is a fast and easy way to find out!  Hover over ‘Future Events” on our main menu, and a menu of all the conferences, with their locations and dates, will pop up in chronological order!  But be prepared  – the list is long, so you will need to scroll down to see them all!

Are we missing a conference?  Let us know using our handy “Future Event Form.”

Call for Abstracts – Neuman Systems Model Symposium – Canton, Ohio – June 20-21, 2019

17th International Biennial Neuman Systems Model Symposium
Location: Canton, Ohio
Dates: June 20-21, 2019
Abstract submission deadline: November 10, 2018

Theme: Exploring Population Health:  Building Bridges with the Neuman Systems Model

An event sponsored by Neuman Systems Model, Inc.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for presentations, roundtable discussions and/or posters on topics related to how the Neuman Systems Model can influence population health education, practice, and research.  All abstracts will receive blind review by the Abstracts Review Committee.  Research abstracts need to include the study purpose, conceptual framework, methodology, results, discussion and implications.  Practice and educational abstracts should include problem, intervention, outcome, and discussion.  Roundtable discussion abstracts should include topic, how the NSM was used and outcomes. One presenter for each presentation, paper or poster selected will be eligible for a reduced registration fee.  All presenters must be registered participants for the Symposium.

  • Submission Deadline: November 10, 2018
  • Presenters Notified of Acceptance by December 15, 2018
  • Confirmation of Presenter Attendance due by January 12, 2019

For submission details, see the Nursology.net conference page here

More information on the Neuman Systems Model on Nursology.net here

Today – the official launch of Nursology.net!

Today, September 18, 2018, we are formally unveiling Nursology.net — the nurse led, nurse developed repository providing the most current and accurate information about nursing discipline-specific knowledge that advances human betterment globally.  We are a team of nurse scholars who believe in the power of nursing ideas, honor the heritage of nursing ideas that form the foundation of our discipline, and are dedicated to advancing the development of nursing knowledge for the future.

Creating Nursology.net has been an amazing experience!  Each of us who have developed the site and its content have vested interests, as nurse scholars, in seeing this project come to fruition. But I am not sure if any of us could envision the reality until now. As one of the developers, and as someone who is known to have a certain degree of expertise in nursing knowledge development, being a witness to the unfolding reality of this site has been a remarkable awakening.  Yes, I already had a degree of familiarity with every element that we have developed so far. But as I began to see all the pieces start to appear all together, in a collection that represents the whole, I have been in awe of the enormity, the significance and the power of nursing ideas, how these ideas shape nursing actions, and how nursing actions shape our ideas.

We have great expectations for this resource, as described in our mission and goals. We have an impressive start, and we invite you to participate in any way you can.  Here are some ideas to get involved:

  • If you know of something you would like us to include, we have forms scattered throughout the site that you can use to send us your suggestions. Or, use our contact form.
  • From today going forward we will have a weekly blog post (perhaps more) to highlight what is happening in the realm of developing nursing knowledge. Follow our Nursology.net blog by entering your email in the space at the top of the right sidebar on any Nursology.net page.
  • Do you have an idea for a blog?  We welcome you to be a guest blogger – use our blog submission form.
  • Comment  on our blog posts any time to participate in discussions, which we hope will be lively and thought-provoking.
  • And, contact us any time – we want to hear from you!

Welcome to Nursology.net!

Welcome to the Nursology.net website – a repository for resources and events related to the development, study and application of nursing knowledge. If you are reading this blog post, you found us before the site is ready to “unveil” and there is still a lot to be done to reach our vision! But we are thrilled you found us – we are aiming to officially launch the site early this coming fall!  Please browse the various sections of the site, and contact us with any feedback – we are eager to hear from you!

The ideas and ideals that guide nursing practice have a long tradition worldwide, centered on caring for those who are sick, injured, or distressed, and supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. This site will be a rich resource for students, teachers, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and administrators in understanding the vital perspectives that constitute nursing knowledge, and in developing innovative approaches to nursing knowledge and practice in the future.

Be sure to follow our blog by entering your email in the ‘Follow” window at the top of the right sidebar! We will announce the very moment that this site has reached our “useability” benchmark, and from there we will post regularly with updates and features related to the development of nursing knowledge!