This edition is mostly dedicated to philanthropy, and to the part that nurse leaders can play in partnership with philanthropists. Throughout my career (and before, according to the early nursing literature I collect) our profession has been “hidden in plain sight” as an almost invisible group, with poor recognition of what individuals and teams of nurses have accomplished for society as well as specific families and patients. Now is not the time to continue to take a backseat in the formation of care in the next era. Nurses have an opportunity, and I believe, a duty, to be among the leaders who transform the system. We have important expertise to carry into the future, including our emphasis on people as whole human beings, our education as systems thinkers, and our emphasis on keeping people healthy. We have ideas and strategies for a better future, and many of those will not come to fruition without funding. That’s where philanthropy comes in. We hope you will get involved.
Thank you for choosing to lead,
Our profession has recently lost two great leaders. We remember them and their contributions to the world with gratitude and love.
Dr. Rheba de Tornyay, Dean Emeritus of the University of Washington School of Nursing, died September 27, 2013. Under her leadership, the univeristy established a doctoral degree in nursing science (1978). She was a "living legend" and Founding Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Suzanne Smith, Editor Emerita of JONA and Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator, died September 19, 2013. Dr. Smith was Editor-in-Chief of JONA for over 30 years. Besides her active participation in multiple nursing organizations, she served as a mentor to many nurse journalists and editors.
Reba and Suzanne: You are missed.