I read Dr Cindy Munro’s editorial in the July American Journal of Critical Care. I appreciate the immense contributions of Florence Nightingale to the art of nursing and patient care, but to continually look to Nightingale as an inspiration in nursing is to always be looking backward. She was not a forward thinker about nursing as a profession for men nor was she in favor of women becoming doctors.

Yes, she made great strides in patient care and nursing research to that end, but she is not my ideal hero for the establishment or advancement of the profession. Just a thought from one of the growing number of male nurses.

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