Happy National Nurses Week 2018!
We’re celebrating one of nursing’s trailblazers — Florence Nightingale — in this exclusive special digital edition presented by Nurse.com and OnCourse Learning. From the letters Nightingale wrote to her legacy that continues to impact nurses today, we’ve put together a selection of content that is sure to inspire.
Florence Nightingale’s legacy lives on
Take a journey with Robert G. Hess Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, as we look at the Nightingale memorabilia purchased by OnCourse Learning. In addition to the very letters she wrote, the collection contains items that provide insight into the standards Nightingale worked so hard to set for modern nursing.
“Our repository also contains autographed books, original newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets and collectibles, including syringes, breast pumps, medals, a matron belt from St. Thomas Hospital of London, a bracelet stethoscope, a few nursing cases with instruments and an original linen candle lamp,” Hess wrote. “We even have busts and a very large portrait of Florence.”
In “Letters with lasting impact” you can view and download two of the letters Nightingale wrote to Sir Joshua Jebb. We also provide the text so you can truly understand what Nightingale was experiencing — issues with staffing and finances that nurse leaders still face in the 21st century. According to Hess, nurses have openly wept when we’ve put the letters on display.
We have also highlighted some fun and unique facts about Nightingale, including Elisabeth Moss’ plans to develop and star in a movie about her hero.
“I am fascinated by her,” Moss told The Daily Mail in a Jan. 11, 2018 article, noting Nightingale’s courage to make positive change in the medical profession at a time when it was dominated by men. “She believed in getting things done.”
You’ll also explore key moments in Nightingale’s life with our special timeline and find out what our Facebook followers would ask the Lady with the Lamp if she were alive today in our “Two Minutes with Florence” feature.
We celebrate you too during National Nurses Week
But we’re not just celebrating Nightingale. National Nurses Week also is a time to celebrate YOU — our own nurse heroes who are out there every day helping to transform healthcare and improve outcomes for patients. The feature “Nurse heroes come in many forms,” highlights the DAISY Award program, which was created to honor nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.
“Families may go home from the hospital thinking about how their nurses made a tremendous impact on their lives,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, co-founder and president of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet when nurses are recognized as heroes, they often say they didn’t do something special. They were just doing their jobs.”
The edition also looks at The DAISY Award’s history and the program’s international reach in the Middle East, Asia and South America. Readers also can learn about nurses pushing for change and improvements in healthcare in 2018 — a year the American Nurses Association has declared the “Year of Advocacy.”
National Nurses Week provides an excellent opportunity to examine topics such as the importance of self-care for nurses. Author Carol Taylor, PhD, RN, discusses whether nurses have an ethical duty to take care of themselves so they may best care for patients.
Nurses also have a chance to find out how satisfied their peers are in their jobs. In “Here’s how you really feel” we reveal the latest results of our Job Satisfaction Study, in which RNs gauged morale levels at their workplaces, whether they felt respected and supported by nurse leaders and more.
Read the National Nurses Week digital edition and learn more about
nursing’s past, present and future. Thank you for all you do!
Course related to ‘Florence Nightingale’
CE598: Florence Nightingale
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Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) created an indelible legacy for her profession: modern nursing. More than 13 million nurses practice worldwide, with 2.8 million RNs and 690,000 LPNs in the U.S. Nurses are the universal caregivers, respected the world over. They are responsible for fully 90% of healthcare and are grassroots catalysts for health development worldwide. We can all be informed and inspired by Florence Nightingale’s legacy. As a nurse, Nightingale challenged other nurses and leaders on every continent to raise their concerns for human health. This module explains how today’s nurses are following her lead and working toward reaching the eight U.N. Millennium Development Goals (2000 to 2015) and participating in the U.N.’s Post-2015 Agenda to determine new Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).