It is Florence Nightingale’s birthday
And I realize it has taken me many years
To really understand her precepts
To deeply connect with the idea
That environments of caring support people’s own healing process.
I hold forth now
That all nursing is holistic-caring nursing
And if you disagree, I would kindly suggest
That if it is not holistic and caring, it is not nursing.
If it is not holistic-caring, it may be that
Some nurses have become the technical hand maiden
The extension of the idea of curing versus healing.
I invite you to take a step both forward and backward:
Forward toward the essence and heart of nursing as caring-healing practices
Backward toward the concept that healing is about environment
Forward to the idea that consciousness impacts the environment and healing
Backward to the idea that people need clean water, sound nutrition, fresh air, and sanitation
Forward to the thought that the earth is in a healing process
Backward to the notion of recognizing our unity as one group spinning around the sun.
I wish all nurses a journey toward peace, healing, love, and light
A successful flight back toward caring practices
I pray for our profession’s healing and that all beings to move toward a greater evolution
As Interconnected Unitary Human Beings.