The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale
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Florence Nightingale, Nursing, and Health Care Today

This in-depth analysis of Nightingale’s legacy goes beyond established scholarship to examine her lesser known–and arguably even more important–writings beyond Notes on Nursing. The book demonstrates afresh her unparalleled and ongoing influence on professional nursing, on the core concepts of health, disease, and access to care as we understand them today. It introduces readers to the “real” Florence Nightingale – who pioneered evidence-based health care, campaigned for hospital safety, promoted economic opportunities for women, and mentored two generations of nursing leaders.

The first part of the book focuses on Nightingale’s core nursing concepts: gender and women’s issues, education, health promotion, infection control, professional ethics, pediatrics, and palliative care, and how they have transcended time to influence professional nursing today. The author draws on comments from current nursing and medical literature to demonstrate the ongoing relevance of Nightingale’s work. In the second part of the book, the author presents key writings by Nightingale, including the little-known background work that shaped her iconic Notes on Nursing. It goes on to cover key later writings, which show how her ideas evolved with advances in medical science and nursing practice.

Published 22 December 2017 by Springer Publishing. Order from Amazon or from the publisher.

Florence Nightingale: A very brief history

Part One: The History (What do we know?)

This brief historical introduction to Florence Nightingale explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context of her life and writings, and considers how those factors affected the way she was initially received.

What was her impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with her?

Part Two: The Legacy (Why does it matter?)
This second part explores the intellectual and cultural ‘afterlife’ of Florence Nightingale, and considers the ways in which her impact has lasted and been developed in different contexts by later generations.

Why is she still considered important today? In what ways is her legacy contested or resisted? And what aspects of her legacy are likely to continue to influence the world in the future?

Published 20 April 2017 by SPCK Publishing. Order from Amazon or from the publisher.

Florence Nightingale at First Hand

Florence Nightingale is one of the most famous figures in modern history. Yet much of what we know of her emanates from unreliable second-hand accounts, and from a misreading of the primary sources.

Florence Nightingale at First Hand by Lynn McDonald — editor of Nightingale’s Collected Works and the world’s foremost Nightingale authority — aims to put this right. This is a book which reports what Florence Nightingale said and did, based on her writing, of which a massive amount survives, scattered in over two hundred archives throughout the world.

Published to commemorate the centenary of Nightingale’s death, McDonald’s study presents a Florence Nightingale for the twenty-first century, as an author of great style and wit, a systems thinker and pioneering public health reformer — the heroine and nurse were only the start.

Published 7 March 2010 by Continuum Books. Canadian and US customers should order from WLU Press; UK and rest of world from Continuum.

Florence Nightingale at First Hand is also available in Japanese translation (Tokyo: Gendaisha Publishing, 2015).

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