Posts Tagged ‘International Year of the Nurse’

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Nightingale Used Her Network…Are You Using Yours?

July 16, 2010

By Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN (6th in a series of posts by Hassmiller, who’s spending her summer vacation retracing crucial steps in Florence Nightingale’s innovative career)

Sue Hassmiller

Florence Nightingale said, “we don’t as much need to know, but need to do.” She felt that Embley Park was isolating, and her wealth often a distraction, but she also managed to use her privileged position to her advantage. She couldn’t wait for the clock to strike 10 every night so she could privately and without interruption get to her studies—so that, later, she’d be ready “to do.” And her wealth opened up connections that would serve as a worthy network for her entire life. Read the rest of this entry ?

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2010: The Year of the Nurse

December 31, 2009

By Shawn Kennedy, interim editor-in-chief

Tomorrow when we ring in the New Year we’ll also be ringing in the International Year of the Nurse. No kidding. The designation honors the centennial of the death of Florence Nightingale (she died on August 13, 1910). It launches at noon everywhere on January 1 with the Million Nurse Global Caring Field Project, a “global meditation” led by noted nursing theorist Jean Watson, and events will continue throughout the year.

Most of you were probably aware that the United Nations had developed eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) that nations should achieve to end poverty and improve the health, education, and quality of life of their peoples. Three of the eight goals are specifically focused on health, but the others all have an impact on health one way or another.

The target date for achieving the goals is 2015, but as countries have implemented programs to achieve these goals they’ve become acutely aware that, without nurses in sufficient supply, they will fall short. For example, how do you reduce the maternal death rate during childbirth if there are few skilled health professionals to provide prenatal care or assist at births? How do you treat TB and HIV when there are no health workers to dispense and monitor drug therapy? Read the rest of this entry ?

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