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Louise Selanders, EdD, RN, FAAN

Florence Nightingale Historian Speaker

Louise is an experienced nurse educator and administrator. However, her passion is nursing history and she is internationally known as a Florence Nightingale historian.

As a teenager, she disliked history – intensely! It was taught by an assistant football coach – who apparently disliked history as well. Teenagers don’t do well with a class right after lunch when all they do is sit and read to themselves about people, places and events about which they know little and care less.

Fortunately, in her Master’s program, Louise was in a class taught by Dr. Teresa Christy, a nurse historian who was able to bring people, events and dates to life, making them as relevant as today’s headlines. ‘The topic’, she said, ‘is important. How you tell the story will determine if anyone cares or remembers’. Louise has learned this lesson and tells nursing history in a manner that is interesting, relevant and memorable.

Louise has published widely on Nightingale and nursing history. Written with a team of colleagues, Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action received the AJN Book of the Year in History and Public Policy in 2005 and remains a current resource in explaining Nightingale’s international importance and relevance. She is a founding member of NIGH – The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health. This international organization seeks to improve health worldwide through legislative and international cooperation.

Most Popular Topics:

Becoming a 21st Century Nightingale: Learning the Lessons of the Past

How Nightingale Changed Nursing’s World

If Tomorrow is Today, Let’s Look Back to Yesterday



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