Franco-American nursing history

Two important Franco-American contributions to Maine’s nursing history are documented, during National Nurses Week. The national and annual recognition of nurses coincides with Mother’s Day, and also with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). In fact, Nightingale raised the Victorian era’s public awareness about the importance of nursing education, during her time caring for battlefield causalities, during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Her caring leadership developed a baseline for nursing education.

These three calendar celebrations, occurring in May, create the proverbial “trifecta” of love, care giving and professional development that are fundamental to the nursing profession.

In Maine’s nursing history, I am honored to be one of the authors of “Maine Nursing: Interviews and History on Caring and Competence“, with Ann Sossong, and co-authors Susan Henderson and Valerie Hart. This book is a 100 year retrospective report about the history of Maine nursing.

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