‘I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.’

Florence Nightingale

Nightingale’s words remind me of our healthcare clinicians who still battle the pandemic. As one who worked at the bedside for decades, I can only imagine the difficulty. God bless them!

Last month, during the first part of July, I wrote in anticipation that the worst was over. Now, we have the Delta variant…and maybe more. During these times of further social distancing, masking up, and (in some places) lock down, plus the continued increased death rate, the wars, hurricanes, fires, and socio-political unrest, the daily challenge is to keep positive.

Speaking of Nightingale, most people know that she became famous for her work with the British Military Hospital system during the Crimean War. She dealt with the same sorts of horribly devastating conditions that war brings: food and water deprivation, filthy and unsafe living conditions, rampant accompanying infestation, infection, and pandemic disease spread… and that was off the battlefield, in the hospital!  

If she were alive today, I know she’d be saddened and appalled that in the 21st c., political and religious wars still rage, and that barbarous treatment is unchecked.

(Can you imagine her reaction to the news that there are still beheadings?  That young children are captured and made sex-slaves? That whole villages of people are murdered?)

Nightingale had hopes that education and civility would conquer over class-society inequality and so dedicated her whole life to help fight disease, elevate the status of underprivileged people, especially women and children. With the blessing of Queen Victoria, she was able to further her mission, as advisor to leaders of countries under the British rule, and helped plan systemic advances for population health: nutritious food and water, proper sanitary conditions, equal opportunity education, women’s rights, and mutual respect among all people. She also mentored nurses and other clinicians in Europe and North America via written correspondence. Moreover, she did all this in the last 50 years of her life as an invalid! (And here, we complain about social isolation and inconvenience.)                  

Personally, there are positives during pandemic, including an updated, 2nd edition of my last book, Improv to Improve Healthcare, which got published by a major publisher. If you’d like to write a review, let me know and I’ll send you a copy!

Next, Miss Nightingale and I will go on the road in November to present at the American Nurses Association Magnet and Pathway to Excellence conference. (If you will be there, please stop by for the book-signing!)

Oh, and here’s another positive event: The 2nd annual virtual Global Healthcare Leadership Summit(GHLS)! Yes, we have 20 healthcare thought leaders speaking on today’s hot topics, every Thursday in October (7,14,21,28). Sign up now and rest assured, you’ll receive the FULL GHLS  Playbook- chock full of valuable insight and downloadable articles, etc. from our speakers. ALSO, you’ll receive all the digital downloads, just in case you can’t be with us the whole time each day, when we go live (09-12:30pm PT/noon-3:30pm ET).

Here’s the link on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-healthcare-leadership-summit-2021-virtual-tickets-149782458365 Save your seat NOW, while there is still time!                     

Until next month, prayers for peace and safety,