Nightingale 2020-2021: A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of Florence Nightingale’s Birth

Conference Report Friday, November 5, 2021Sponsored by the Nursing Archives Associates,History of Nursing Archives,Howard Gotlieb Archival Center, Boston University Libraries This symposium focused on the far-reaching influence of Florence Nightingale as the founder of modern nursing and healthcare reformer. An overview of Nightingale’s bicentenary observance activities in the UK, including some of the response to … Continue reading Nightingale 2020-2021: A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of Florence Nightingale’s Birth

Part III: Nightingale’s Neglected “Upstream” Advocacy

This is the third in a series focusing on Seacole and NightingalePart I: Debunking A “Bitter Rivalry”: The Notable Works of Mary Seacole and Florence NightingalePart II: The Nursing/Healing Work of Mary Seacole: Skillful Nurse and Doctress It is clearly beyond the scope of a blog to highlight Nightingale’s many achievements and it is unnecessary, … Continue reading Part III: Nightingale’s Neglected “Upstream” Advocacy

Part II: The Nursing/Healing Work of Mary Seacole: Skillful Nurse and Doctress

This is the second in a series focusing on Seacole and NightingalePart I: Debunking A "Bitter Rivalry": The Notable Works of Mary Seacole and Florence NightingalePart III: Nightingale's Neglected "Upstream" Advocacy Mary Seacole (source) In reading Seacole’s book, my impression is that she was a woman healer, recounting instances both of providing nursing care, as … Continue reading Part II: The Nursing/Healing Work of Mary Seacole: Skillful Nurse and Doctress

Part I: Debunking A “Bitter Rivalry”: The Notable Works of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale

This is the first in a series focusing on Seacole and NightingalePart II: The Nursing/Healing Work of Mary Seacole: Skillful Nurse and DoctressPart III: Nightingale's Neglected "Upstream" Advocacy “Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of Western history. They were abortionists, nurses, and counselors.  They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs … Continue reading Part I: Debunking A “Bitter Rivalry”: The Notable Works of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale

Bringing Theory To Life

Guest Contributor - Erin C. Stratton, PhD, RN When I was young, becoming a nurse was not something I had ever considered. By happy chance, during college while reading a friend’s Fundamentals of Nursing book, I came to the realization that being a nurse combined three of my favorite subjects: science, math, and people. I … Continue reading Bringing Theory To Life

Why I Chose a Career in Theory Development in Nursing Science

During the years between 1977 and 1979 I was pursuing a Master of Science degree with a focus on psychiatric mental health nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.  It was a time of professional excitement and personal struggle.  I was a single father of an adopted three-year old daughter.  I had delayed pursuing my graduate degree … Continue reading Why I Chose a Career in Theory Development in Nursing Science

Thelma M. Schorr (Dec 15, 1924 – )

Guardian of the Discipline Thelma Schorr is among the greatest of nursing journal editors, serving at the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) company for forty years from 1950-1990. She progressed from editorial assistant to editor-in-chief, and then ten years as president and publisher. When she assumed the editorship of AJN, Thelma assured that the journal … Continue reading Thelma M. Schorr (Dec 15, 1924 – )

Winning Essay – “Bringing Florence Nightingale to the Bedside of the Critically Ill Patient”

In celebration of the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the Nursing Archives Associates of the Boston University Libraries’ Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center held an essay contest, open to nursing students enrolled at all levels of study— undergraduate, master’s and doctoral - and focused on Florence Nightingale’s influence on the evolution of nursing, both historical … Continue reading Winning Essay – “Bringing Florence Nightingale to the Bedside of the Critically Ill Patient”

WWFD: What Would Florence Do in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

On May 12th we celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday in the midst of a global pandemic. Nightingale, the acknowledged founder of modern nursing, was no stranger to the unfettered spread of communicable diseases. During her service in the Crimean War ten times more soldiers died from dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, and typhus than the wounds … Continue reading WWFD: What Would Florence Do in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Nightingale’s Vision for Nursing in 2020

“It will take 150 years for the world to see the kind of nursing I envision” The year 2020 marks the bicentennial of Nightingale’s birth and approximately, at least, the 150th anniversary of her prediction that “It will take 150 years for the world to see the kind of nursing I envision.”  What was that … Continue reading Nightingale’s Vision for Nursing in 2020