This book is for all the nurses who have crossed their own borders, or might like to. It provides both visionary lessons and practical advice. It is part history, part business textbook, part travelogue, part how-to, and part inspiration.
Divided into three sections—“Values,” “Wisdom,” and “Success Markers”- Nursing Without Borders reflects the international nursing experiences of a host of nurse leaders representing diverse cultures. These leaders, pioneers in global nursing, paved a path of international partnerships and documented their stories for those considering international work.
In Part I, chapters 1-3, authors address “Values” and share their experiences and expertise, setting the tone for learning. In Part II, chapters 4-6, the authors address “Wisdom” gleaned from the typical challenges, but also from unlikely places. Part III, chapters 7-9, is focused on “Success Markers”, long-term endeavors that have forever changed how major organizations approach and manage global nursing work.
The book ends with three additional sections offering success stories that are further broken out into “Collaboration”, “Practice”, and “Education” success stories. These stories do more than just affirm the premise of the previous nine chapters—they share the trials and tribulations associated with their experiences and offer further wisdom of lessons learned.
About the Authors
Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI, FAAN, is president and founder of the Global Education Development Institute (GEDI), a non-profit organization develops nurses in many different countries, and the Core Consulting Group. She is the author of six books and more than 150 national and international published articles. As executive director for The Premier Foundation, Weinstein directed the foundation’s international efforts for 9 years in over 24 countries. She has led exchange programs to China, the former Soviet Union, Hungary, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, and Egypt and is program director for the International Nursing Leadership Institute. She is the recipient of the Dr. Thomas Frist Humanitarian Award. Weinstein is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.
Ann Marie T. Brooks, DNSc, RN, MBA, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP, is a nurse executive with extensive leadership and consultation experience in the United States and abroad and is the director of the Vanderbilt-Botswana Project. She is secretary-treasurer of GEDI and is past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.