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Nurse educators changing the world highlighted in new book
Date:6/11/2010

The quiet actions of unsung heroes from the rainforest of Guatemala to the city streets of Harlem will be celebrated during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse in the new book, Giving through Teaching: How Nurse Educators are Changing the World (Springer Publishing).

Patterned after President Bill Clinton's book, Giving, which told the stories of individuals making a difference in their communities, Giving through Teaching provides a perspective on contributions made by nurses.

"One nurse taking a small step to change health conditions here and abroad can have a lasting impression," said Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and one of the book's editors. "The educators featured in this book are examples of the meaningful work nurses are doing around the world."

The National League of Nursing (NLN) issued a call last year for personal stories about the service nurse educators undertake outside their classrooms that has impacted the profession's education. Fitzpatrick and co-editors Cathleen M. Shultz, dean of nursing at Harding University and current President of the NLN, and Tonia D. Aiken past member of the NLN Foundation Board, compiled more than 70 stories.

The stories have had a ripple effect in the profession. More continue to arrive as the project has ignited and inspired other educators to share their stories, Fitzpatrick said. More than 100 educators responded, so far.

Throughout time, people have treated the sick, but Fitzpatrick opens the book with the onset of the historical heroes who launched the profession of nursing:

  • Florence Nightingale, who administered to soldiers on the battlefields of the Crimean War
  • Clara Barton, who had a similar role in the American Civil War and founded the American Red Cross
  • Lillian Wald, an advocate for immigrant health on the lower east s
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Contact: Susan Griffith
susan.griffith@case.edu
216-368-1004
Case Western Reserve University
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