Nearly 100 years ago Florence Nightingale’s voice, vision, and values came to life. Born May 12, 1820 she was named after the city of her birth, Villa La Columbia in Florence, Italy. Through Florence’s journey she became a leader in nursing. She achieved a leading position in a world dominated by men, driving and leading her male co-workers. Florence became a pioneer during the Crimean War tending to wounded soldiers. She earned the nick name The Lady with the Lamp, because she continually made her rounds at night checking on the wounded soldiers. Florence died on August 13, 1910, leaving her voice, vision and values to live on in today's nursing community around the world.
Illuminating Florence will help present-day nurses learn that Nightingale was not only just like them, but that they too can make a profound impact on the nursing profession. This book will make Nightingale accessible, relevant, humanize her a bit, and allow current nurses to find their inner Florence.
About the Author
Alex Attewell, BA, AMA, MBA, is a history honors graduate of the University of Bristol. He qualified as a social history curator through Leicester University and the Museums Association in 1992 and completed an MBA through Kingston University in 2004. Between 1989 and 2007, Alex was first Assistant Curator, then Curator and finally Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, England. Under his direction the Museum grew as an educational and research center with a range of exhibitions and educational services for nurses and school children. He has curated and managed exhibitions, lectured and broadcasted on Nightingale in the UK, Europe, and the U.S.A. Under his management, the Florence Nightingale Museum won various awards and accolades, including recognition as one of the Top 10 U.K. Small Museums (Lloyd Grossman in The Independent) and Best Exhibition in London (Hospital Voices in The Times). An honorary member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2001), Attewell now resides in Quintana Roo, Mexico. In addition to lecturing about Florence Nightingale and conducting Nightingale-related historical tours, Attewell operates a Spanish-English translation business and continues to write.