This week our guest is Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing movement. She is a Florence Nightingale scholar, nurse theorist, and national and international speaker and teacher on the role of holistic nursing and integrative nurse health and wellness coaching in the emerging integrative health care paradigm. She is International Co-Director and Board Member of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), Arlington, Virginia, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Associates, Huntington, New York; and Samueli Institute Board Member, Alexandria, Virginia. She is an author or co-author of 23 books. Her most recent include Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (Centennial Commemorative Edition, 2010), Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (5th ed., 2008), Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care Training Guide (2007), and Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action (2005).
Barbara’s Theory of Integral Nursing (2008) is considered a grand theory that presents the science and art of nursing. It includes an integral process, integral worldview, and integral dialogues that is Praxis—theory in action. It also focuses on compassionate care of the dying, and nurses’ roles as 21st Century Nightingales.
Her collaborative global nursing project, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) has been developed to strengthen individual commitments toward achieving a healthy world as a priority objective for action by ordinary citizens, by civil society organizations and by all governments, local and national. Related NIGH projects have included developing the 2010 International Year of the Nurse [2010 IYNurse] to advocate, worldwide, for the achievement of all UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Barbara is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is certified in holistic nursing. She is a nine-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She was awarded the 1985 Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses’ Association; the 1998 Healer of the Year by the Nurse Healers Professional Associates International, Inc.; the 1999 Pioneering Spirit Award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; the 1999 Scientific and Medical Network Book of the Year by the Scientific and Medical Network, United Kingdom. In 2001 she was recognized as TWU 100 Great Nursing Alumni, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. In 2003 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. With her husband, Larry, she received the 2003 Archon Award from Sigma Theta Tau, International, the international honor society of nursing, honoring the contributions that they have made to promote global health. In 2004, Barbara and Larry also received the Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the Aspen Center for Integrative Medicine, Aspen, Colorado. In 2010 Barbara received the 2010 Visionary Leadership Award from the Integrative Healthcare Practitioners Symposium.