Year of the Nurse

In the 1880s, Florence Nightingale wrote letters indicating her belief that it would take 100 to 150 years before educated and experienced nurses would be able to globally provide the healthcare she had begun. The nurses of the 21st century are the generations she foresaw and set her own hopes upon.

This year, to celebrate the vital role nurses and midwives play in providing health services, the World Health Organisation have declared that 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. To mark this occasion, we have created a free content collection outlining the incredible roles and responsibilities of nurses who have become the effective catalysts for improved human health.

Chapters free until December 31st 2020

Florence Nightingale’s Legacy for the 21st Century: Global Activism, Advocacy, and Transformation
from Integrative Nursing, (2 ed.)


Today, we recognise Florence Nightingale’s legacy as global nursing, global healthcare, global citizenship, and what we are today calling integrative nursing.


Discover how her work can guide nurses to advocate for integrative nursing and global health here.

Nursing and Our Common Humanity
from Toward a Better World: The Social Significance of Nursing


“Through respect for our shared humanity, I recognized our bond.”


This chapter discusses the importance of human dignity in healthcare and why equality is at the heart of nursing. 

from Communication in Palliative Nursing: The COMFORT Model (2 ed.)


An important part of nursing is connection. Here, the benefits of connecting with a patient and their family are discussed. 

The Ethos of Palliative Nursing 
from Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (5 ed.)


Palliative nursing has an ethos, a moral character, which builds meaning in the context of serious illness, and death and dying.


Here, the authors outline what qualities create this moral character. 

The nature of intellectual disability nursing
from Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing (2 ed.)


The importance of a value base in intellectual disability nursing is outlined and discussed here, as well as how professionals in all of health care can work to offer support whenever it's needed. 

Nursing Perspective
from The Pediatric Procedural Sedation Handbook


This chapter focuses on the application of the nursing process and role, to the work environment, quality improvement, and safety within the multidisciplinary sedation team.

Religion and Spirituality in Nursing
from Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine: From Evidence to Practice


In this chapter the authors tease out the nature of nursing-as-communion, and the ways in which a focus on spirituality and religion can move nurses to take seriously the sensuous and spiritual nature of nursing. 

Better Together: Engaging Nursing Leaders in Community Collaborative Efforts
from The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work


This chapter outlines how nurses may be the key voice in promoting trust and ensuring consistency in order to guide important innovations in population health. 

Being Good to Ourselves
from Caring Matters Most: The Ethical Significance of Nursing


Nursing involves everything from mundane tasks to wonderful moments of birth and aliveness. But it involves psychological injury. Discover the importance of reflection in nursing here.


Interactive timeline celebrating Florence Nightgale, 'The Lady with the Lamp'


Discover the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale with this timeline.


Image credit: Florence Nightingale by Henry Hering (1814-1893). Public domain via Wikimedia commons.

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