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Episode 1: Unveiling Florence Nightingale

In the Season 4 premiere of the NurseDot Podcast, host Cara Lunsford is joined by author Melissa Pritchard to explore the captivating realm of Melissa's newest book, "Flight of the Wild Swan." Melissa reveals the inspiration driving her to craft this narrative centered on Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in modern nursing. Reflecting on her writing journey, Melissa discusses the motivations fueling her exploration of Nightingale's story. Together, Cara and Melissa delve into the intricacies of Nightingale's legacy, shedding light on both the admiration and critique she has faced in recent discourse. Melissa offers glimpses into "Flight of the Wild Swan," providing insights into Nightingale's remarkable life.

Melissa Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed author as well as an Emeritus Professor of English and Women's Studies at Arizona State University. She has published 11 award-winning books of fiction, a biography and a collection of essays. Among other prizes, Melissa has received the University of Georgia’s Flannery O’Connor Award, the University of Rochester’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Award, Chicago’s Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Prize. Her latest novel, Flight of the Wild Swan, is a fictional biography of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Melissa currently lives in Columbus, Georgia.