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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.
"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
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