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

Lillian Wald (March 10, 1867 – September 1, 1940)

Guardian of the Discipline Co-authored by Deborah Lindell, Adeline Falk-Rafael, Jacqueline Fawcett A recent article in the American Journal of Nursing (Pittman, 2019) reignited our interest in Lillian Wald’s landmark accomplishments, most notably co-founding, with Mary Brewster, of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City in 1893 (Dock & Stewart, 1938).  “Their work” according to … Continue reading Lillian Wald (March 10, 1867 – September 1, 1940)

Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future

Today we are adopting a new nursology.net tag line “Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future” in concert with the annual focus in May of each year on nursing and nurses, anchored around  Florence Nightingale’s birth date - May 12, 1820. Almost 100 years later, nursology theorist Martha E. Rogers was born on the same date … Continue reading Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future

Update on early nursing theory think tanks facilitated by Margaret Newman

On November 13th, I posted information about early nursing theory think tanks organized by Margaret Newman!  A few days ago, I happened to be looking for something entirely unrelated in the early issues of Advances in Nursing Science and discovered a little notice announcing the second nursing theory think tank!   I have added the link to the … Continue reading Update on early nursing theory think tanks facilitated by Margaret Newman

An Introduction to the Canadian Nursing Theories Perspective

In a previous blog, I admitted my ignorance of nursing science during both my early diploma nursing education, and at least the first 18 years of my nursing practice.  But in the mid 1980s, I became aware of an increasing trend in Toronto area hospitals to adopt nursing theoretical frameworks.  Long after the fact, I … Continue reading An Introduction to the Canadian Nursing Theories Perspective