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Florence Nightingale’s Lasting Legacy for Healthcare – Free Download

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My article “Florence Nightingale’s Lasting Legacy for Healthcare” is the lead story in the June 2020 edition of Nurse Leader, a publication of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. Read it and you will learn about Florence’s lasting impact on healthcare beyond her role in founding the nursing profession. You will also learn why I say Florence is healthcare’s only rockstar. 

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The article is adapted from the afterward of the 10th anniversary edition of my book The Florence Prescription. I created this special edition to honor the 2020 International Year of the Nurse. That year has turned out to be very different than we’d all anticipated, but the lessons of Florence are more relevant and more important than ever before.

The Florence Prescription is now available as an Audible audiobook

No one has ever faced a crisis as catastrophic as the one Florence walked into at the Scutari Barrack Hospital in 1854 during the Crimean War. The place was filthy and infected, medical care was abysmal, the most basic of supplies were unavailable, and the mortality rate exceeded fifty percent. Florence went to work and over a two-year period she:

  • Established nursing as a true profession and defined what it means to be a nurse.
  • Created an administrative blueprint that has been reflected in every hospital organization chart ever since.
  • Became history’s first, and most effective, advocate for the healthcare of soldiers and veterans.
  • Made infection control a top health priority. (She was horrified when doctors refused to wash their hands, and would have been just as horrified to see people endangering their own health and that of their families and communities by not wearing face masks during this pandemic.)
  • Established the ethical principle that medical triage should be based on a patient’s clinical condition and not their race, religion, military rank or social status. (Florence would have engaged in the Black Lives Matter protests in a way that ensured changes to last a hundred years.)

The qualities Florence brought to the Scutari Barrack Hospital – courage, resilience, commitment, and innovation – are exactly what we need today as we face our own healthcare crisis. That’s why we created the Culture Renewal Project.

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We designed the new Culture Renewal Project to help leaders get a quick pulse check on their cultures, give their people a much-needed spark of inspiration, and assure that they emerge from the current crisis with a culture that is stronger, more positive, and more resilient – a Culture of Ownership.

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