Susan Hassmiller Blogs from Florence Nightingale Tour

RWJF's senior adviser for nursing spent her summer vacation overseas, learning about a legend who changed the face of nursing forever.

    • July 30, 2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) senior adviser for nursing, Susan B. Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., spent her summer vacation in Europe, pursuing a dream to learn first-hand about the life and work of the legendary Florence Nightingale. In a series of blog posts detailing her special “study tour” to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s death, Hassmiller reported on her trip and how it relates to her work today.

“I am in awe of one of the most remarkable human beings who ever lived,” Hassmiller says in her first post. “I am currently director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine… I know that to look into the future, you must first delve into and learn from the past. And with that perspective, all roads lead to Florence Nightingale...”

The series, carried on the American Journal of Nursing’s Off the Charts blog, culminates with Hassmiller sharing Ten Lessons Learned from Florence Nightingale’s life.

Read more of Hassmiller’s reports from the road from this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Learn more about the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine.