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Home : Media

July 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Florence Nightingale’s own words illuminate ‘the Lady with the Lamp’
New book highlights the founder of modern nursing’s relevancy

INDIANAPOLIS – “When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life.” – Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale’s vision, theory, and ground-breaking efforts are well over 100 years old, yet the impact she made through her research and the foundation she laid for patient care remains relevant and effective in today’s nursing practice. A new book of Nightingale’s timeless quotes juxtaposed with powerful historical and modern imagery published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) highlights how relevant Nightingale’s wisdom is today.

Illuminating Florence: Finding Nightingale’s Legacy in Your Practice by Alex Attewell, MBA, BA, AMA, captures the profound influence of Nightingale’s legacy on contemporary nursing. The book is illustrated with full-color images from the past and present and compiles little-known quotes from the founder of modern nursing.

In his foreword, David C. Benton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses, calls Illuminating Florence “a pocket guide to Florence Nightingale’s relevance to today’s nurses. By providing quotes and giving the historical background to these ‘sound bites,’ Alex Attewell [shows how Nightingale’s] legacy continues to contribute to nursing knowledge, nursing organization and nursing education.”

Attewell, a former curator and director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, believes Nightingale’s insights and recommendations remain directly relevant to clinical nursing practice, nursing management, and nurse leadership.

“For too long, Florence Nightingale has been thought of just as the ‘Lady with the Lamp,’ a heroic figure from nursing’s past,” he said. “I hope that after reading Illuminating Florence, you will reconsider her legacy in regard to your own contemporary practice and ask yourself the critical questions: Is her legacy relevant to your practice? If so, how can her experiences help you to reimagine the role of nurses in the light of today’s health care challenges?”

Illuminating Florence: Finding Nightingale’s Legacy in Your Practice
By Alex Attewell, MBA, BA, AMA
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN-13: 9781-937554-50-7
Price: US $19.95
Trade paperback, 96 pages
Trim Size: 6 X 6
Available at  

About the author
Alex Attewell, MBA, BA, AMA, is a history honors graduate of the University of Bristol. He qualified as a social history curator through Leicester University and the Museums Association in 1992 and completed an MBA through Kingston University in 2004. From 1989-2007, Attewell was first assistant curator, then curator and finally director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. Under his direction, the museum grew as an educational and research center with a range of exhibitions and educational services for nurses and school children. He has curated and managed exhibitions, lectured and broadcasted on Nightingale in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. Under his management, the Florence Nightingale Museum won various awards and accolades, including recognition as one of the “Top 10 U.K. Small Museums” and “Best Exhibition in London.” An honorary member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2001), Attewell now resides in Quintana Roo, Mexico. In addition to lecturing about Florence Nightingale and conducting Nightingale-related historical tours, Attewell operates a Spanish-English translation business and continues to write.

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at



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