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Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer


Barbara M. Dossey explores the impact of Florence Nightingale's life and work on modern nursing and humankind in the lavishly illustrated biography, Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, Springhouse, 2000. It is being published in conjunction with the vote to reconsider the commemoration of Florence Nightingale at the 73rd General Episcopal Church Convention in July, 2000, and to place her name on the list of Lesser Feasts and Fasts in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.

Ms. Dossey, RN, MS, HNC, FAAN, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the 1985 Holistic Nurse of the Year awarded by the American Holistic Nurses' Association, the 1998 Nurse Healer of the Year awarded by the Nurse Healers Professional Associates International, Inc., and the recipient of the 1999 Pioneering Spirit awarded by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She has also benn the five-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award along with many other honors.

"Sometimes, someone writes a biography destined to become a classic, not simply because of their impeccable research and scholarship but because the immortal spirit of their subject shines through their own lives. When this happens it is as if we can take a tuck in time and meet, incarnate, someone long dead. Such a meeting may change us profoundly.

In Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, Barbara Dossey, RN has brought alive and made real the heart and lineage of Nursing. Her passionate scholarship and deep insight allow this great visionary, mystic, scientist and wounded healer to reach out to intimately touch the lives of nurses everywhere and reawaken them to their calling.

Through this extraordinary biography, Florence Nightingale speaks to today's nurses in a clear and compassionate voice, inspiring them to recognize the roots of their commitment, and remember the nature of their professional integrity. Dossey has enabled her profession to look beyond the narrowness of science and find that the eternal Lamp of Service which illuminated Florence Nightingale's life burns on, undiminished, in their own.

Florence Nightingale embodied the words of St. Francis, 'Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace,' and in telling her remarkable story, Dossey challenges nurses everywhere to do the same." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

"Florence Nightingale is one of the most important female figures in healthcare of the past two centuries and perhaps of all time. She brought not only enormous compassion and caring to the bedside, but impeccable science as well. It is fitting that her story is told by Barbara Dossey, who has also made significant contributions to nursing science. This biography is a gripping account not only of Nightingale's professional accomplishments, but of her inner life as well. This is a story of how science can be empowered and informed by spirituality, and how the two can dwell harmoniously in an individual life. This book shows how Nightingale helped transform the status of women, and why modern women are in Nightingale's debt." Lynn Keegan, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN
Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants
Temple, Texas and Port Angeles, Washington

Former Associate Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
School of Nursing
San Antonio, TX

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