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Dr. Louise Selanders at Michigan State University. Photo from her archives.

Nightingale Historian Joins
NIGH Board of Directors

The growing grassroots-to-global NIGH team heartily welcomes Nightingale historian Dr. Louise Selanders, EdD, RN, FAAN to officially join the NIGH USA Board! Dr. Selanders is internationally-recognized nurse historian who passionately believes that the history of nursing offers answers to current and future issues of nursing education, practice and research. She has sought to accurately identify the key contributions of Florence Nightingale in the areas of nursing theory, leadership and philosophical development of the profession. Dr. Selanders also gives lectures on these respective and other related topics. Most recently, she has co-authored the award winning volume titled Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action (2005) which details how the solutions identified and implemented by Nightingale, in her time, can be effective in resolving current issues such as global health, managed care and the nursing shortage. This volume was selected as the 2005 ‘American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year.’ Dr. Selanders is a full professor at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where she is the Director of the Master's Program. She offers a challenging annual study abroad program each summer in London which both identifies the origins of modern nursing and compares and contrasts the current status of nursing in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr. Selanders is actively participating in the organization of NIGH’s Co-Sponsored ‘Florence Nightingale Commemorative Global Service for Achieving UN Millennium Development Goals’ to be celebrated at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City on October 21, 2012. This work builds upon her participation to co-host three Services honoring Florence Nightingale, Nurses and Nursing at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, in 2001, 2004 and at the Service celebrating the 2010 International Year of the Nurse /Florence Nightingale Centennial in 2010. She was featured Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural Service in 2001. In the early 1990s, she initiated the the collaborative research to establlish and celebrate Florence Nightingale’s life and work on the Episcopal Calender of Lesser Feasts & Fasts, later joining in the founding of NIGH in 2003 in Toronto, Dr. Selanders has since served as a respected International Advisor for NIGH’s ongoing development. See ‘Highlights of NIGH’s History, Part One’ — 1996 to 2006 / Shaping A Vision.


 UPPER RIGHT: The 2004 Service for ‘Florence Nightingale, Nurses & Nursing’ at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Here. The Reverend Canon Michael Wright begins the Candle Ceremony by passing the “Light of Knowledge’ to Dr. Selanders. Also pictured, from left to right: USAF Maj. Cynthia Jones Weidman, Nightingale Medal Award Winner; Dr. Pesut, The Hon. Jo Ann Krukar Webb, Director of Federal Relations & Policy, American Organization of Nurse Executives; Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, 1st VP, American Nurses Association, Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Dr. Joyce Murray, President, National League for Nursing & Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta; Anne Rhome, Deputy Executive Director, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Donna M. Dorsey, Executive Director, CEO Maryland Board of Nursing, Nightingale Medal Award-Winner; Dr. Barbara Dossey, International Co-Director, NIGH; Nursing Student Leaders participating: Sara Angelino, Maryland; Jennifer C. Barthlome, Virginia; Tresa Kaur Dusaj, Maryland; Amy Perham Lackey, Virginia; Krystal Perkins, Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Jim Hawkins.


LOWER RIGHT: Starting in the mid-1990s, Dr. Selanders joined Dr. Barbara Dossey and a team of researchers & Episcopal church leaders to detemine the significance of Nightingale’s life & work as inspiration for the official Episcopal Church Calender. At the 1997 Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States, Nightingale was hence placed on the Church Ballot and entered, in 2000, into the Church Calender of Lesser Feasts & Fasts, to be celebrated, annually, on August 12. From the left: Rev. Ted Karpf, Ms. Sally Bucklee, Dr. Dossey, Dr. Selanders & Mr. Jesse Milan at the 1997 Convention of the Episcopal Church. Photo courtesy of Dr. Dossey’s archives.

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In 2008 & 2009, Asoka Roy’s family created a Platinum Sponsorship of the Nightingale Declaration Campaign to honor the memory of their sister — a pioneering nurse & midwife in both India & the United States. Projects developed from this contribution included an India-wide outreach of the Nightingale Declaration dedicated to Asoka’s memory.
See: An Indian Nightingale
Generous Support of Drs. Rustum & Della Roy