10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
In honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale and 10 years in print.
The Florence Prescription is a fictional story with a very real-world message. In these challenging times, hospitals and other healthcare organizations need every possible hand on the oars. Fostering a culture of ownership isn’t just about creating a nice environment in which to work and receive care, though that it is. A culture of ownership is absolutely essential for recruiting and retaining great people, ensuring optimal productivity and safe patient-centered care, and meeting the increasingly tough demands being placed on our industry by society at large. Today’s hospitals can’t survive, much less thrive, with hired hands on the job – they need people who think like partners, people who own their work rather than just renting a spot on the organization chart. They need The Florence Prescription.
Advance Praise for The Florence Prescription
“I began reading The Florence Prescription and couldn’t put it down, and finished in one sitting. I think this book describes exactly where our culture is in some areas, and where we need to be. I would love nothing more than for our nursing department, as well as our organization as a whole, to move from a culture of accountability to a culture of ownership. However, as you will see in this book, I’ve realized I alone cannot empower you, you must empower yourself.”
Kris Wallace, (then) Chief Nursing Officer, OU Medical System
“This book is a gift for you. I hope it helps you reconnect with the reason we all chose to work in healthcare in the first place. I hope it inspires you to put our values into action! I hope it motivates you to offer each other the encouragement to deeply care for each other, our patients, and our communities! Above all, I hope it encourages you to challenge yourself and others to seek innovative solutions and empower yourself to be the key in creating healing miracles for these we love!”
Steve Long, Chief Executive Officer, Hancock Health
“As part of our launch for this cultural transformation initiative, we are giving each of you a copy of Joe’s book The Florence Prescription. I think you will enjoy the story, but more important I hope that you will help us think about how we can do more to cultivate the eight essential characteristics of a culture of ownership that are described in the book in our facilities. While Florence Nightingale is best-known for having played a key role in establishing nursing as a profession, she was also the first real advocate for the healthcare rights of soldiers and veterans – and her legacy continues to have important lessons for how we care for our Veterans.”
Susan Pendergrass, (then) Director, VISN 20 of the Veterans Health Administration
“As you read this book, I hope you’ll highlight, underline and make notes about the things that connect with your personal values and that speak to your calling to serve in healthcare... I know that this book will spark new ideas that impact how we serve our patients and their loved ones each day. I am confident that these ideas will make us better at home, in our community and in our hospital.”
Doug Welch, Chief Executive Officer, Doctors Hospital of Augusta
“Over the years, we have been committed to the Studer principles, rounding, AIDET and a culture of accountability. This work has been critical to building our foundation of excellence and accountability to ensure we deliver on our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve and our vision of being ‘your trusted partner for life.’ After reading The Florence Prescription, I now realize accountability is not enough to enable us to deliver on these promises. I would love to see our organization move from a culture of accountability to a culture of ownership.”
Joel Beiswenger, President & CEO, Tri-County Health Care
“This copy of The Florence Prescription is my gift to you. Yes, it’s a story about a fictional hospital, but you may recognize some themes and characters. You may, like the characters in the book, see how we could do better.”
Nancy Howell Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic
“I have personally been inspired by The Florence Prescription and if you come to my office you will find the words ‘Proceed Until Apprehended’ proudly posted to remind all of us that we can all act as leaders in taking ownership of our department. My challenge to all is to be emotionally positive, self-empowered and fully engaged. In fact, these very terms are part of the ‘Florence Challenge,’ a commitment that I would ask all of you to make as we build a culture of ownership that helps each of us be our best not only at work but in our personal lives as well.”
Andrew Nugent, MD, Chair & DEO, University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine
I Loved it so much, I purchased a copy for each of my co-workers for Nursing Home Week.