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NEOCNS member co-authors a children's book about nurses

Monday, March 22, 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous

NEOCNS member co-authors a children's book about nurses!

Co-authors Mary Beth Modic and Joyce J. Clifford will speak about their book, Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary Nurse on May 12 from 7-8:00pm

Cuyahoga County Public Library sponsored event entitled "Beyond the Book Jacket". 

Registration for the event is free and may be accessed at: 


Here is more information about the book:

there are very few children’s books dedicated to the contributions of nurses. Mary Beth Modic, DNP,APRN-CNS, CDCES, FAAN,  a CNS at Cleveland Clinic and  a NACNS Board Member and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University have remedied that! They have  co-authored a book for middle schoolers about nurses.  Luminaries of the Past: Stories of Fifty Extraordinary Nurses chronicles the lives of fifty nurses and the obstacles they encountered while trying to become a nurse and the significant imprint each left on the world. It highlights the variety of places where nurses work besides a hospital.

The nurses profiled in the book are diverse. They include nurses who are well known including Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Lillian Wald and Mother Teresa to less known but no less significant individuals such as Rufaida Al-Aslamia, Maude Callen, Luther Christman, Kious Kelly, Capt. Jennifer Moreno and Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail. When children open the book, they may see a person who looks like them. Each story is accompanied by a watercolor illustration of the nurse.

The nurses fought for better care of the sick and better healthcare for all. They transformed the way nurses were educated. They campaigned for racial, gender and social justice. Their work collectively saved the lives of millions.  The authors hope that their book will encourage children to consider nursing as a  career worthy of their intellect and talents and inspire them to learn more about each of the remarkable nurses showcased in the book.

 Cleveland, Ohio 44101

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