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The International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) recognizes and supports Nurse Coaches, local to global, who are bringing coaching skills and competencies into all healthcare settings.

Florence Nightingale’s Vision

In the future, which I shall not see, for I am old, may a better way be opened! May the methods by which every infant, every human being will have the best chance at health — the methods by which every sick person will have the best chance at recovery, be learned and practiced. Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization, never intended, at all events, to take in the whole sick population…

 

May we hope that, when we are all dead and gone, leaders will arise who have been personally experienced in the hard, practical work, the difficulties, and the joys of organizing nursing reforms, and who will lead far beyond anything we have done! May we hope that every nurse will be an atom in the hierarchy of ministers of the Highest! But she [or he] must be in her [or his] place in the hierarchy, not alone, not an atom in the indistinguishable mass of thousands of nurses. High hopes, which shall not be deceived!”

 

— Florence Nightingale

(Source: Sick-Nursing and Health Nursing, 1893)

History is one of the most important aspects of any profession. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the philosophical founder of modern nursing, was a mystic, visionary, healer, scientist, practitioner, politician, environmentalist, and reformer. Her achievements are astounding when considered against the backdrop of the Victorian era. Her contributions to nursing theory, research, statistics, public health, and healthcare reform even today are foundational and inspirational. As a bold and brave risk-taker, Nightingale had vision, dedication, and commitment.

Nightingale’s vision empowers our Nurse Coach mission. At the forefront, nurses are now engaged as change agents to improve the health of the nation, to focus on increasing the ‘health span’ of individuals rather than focusing on ‘life span.’ In the 1880s, Nightingale began to write that it would take 100–150 years before educated and experienced nurses would arrive to change the healthcare system. We are that generation of 21st century Nightingales, who have arrived to transform healthcare and carry forth her vision of social action and sacred activism, to create a healthy world. She is a model for us in accomplishing our own work in today’s world.

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