Florence Nightingale: Lighting the way for the future of nursing

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“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter's or sculptor's work.”
Florence Nightingale (1868)1
FOR ANY PROFESSION to advance, it's important to remember the contributions made by those who built its foundation. Many healthcare professionals are so focused on present and future challenges that they never take the time to remember the past. This article is the first in a series examining some of nursing's past leaders—some well-known, others largely unknown—in order to foster in today's nursing workforce an appreciation for their predecessors' accomplishments and contributions to the profession.
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