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How nurse educators are changing the world.

THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL COMMENTARY, but if you have not yet read the new book by former president Bill Clinton, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, you may want to do so now. It will renew your faith in the many good people in the world. As you read stories of how others give, you may be inspired to change your life, even a little bit, to make room for more fulfilling activities.

I was amazed by the book's stories of personal commitment and service. Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007) is not just about money or things. Rather, it highlights the remarkable stories of individuals who share their time and talents to make the world a better place, today, and for future generations. Reading it inspired me to do more for others, and I immediately sought out some volunteer activities for the coming year.

As I read the stories in this new book, I was reminded of the countless times I have heard of nurse educators who go above and beyond their work environments to give to others. Several of my colleagues volunteer their time and talents through missionary groups, providing health care services in Haiti, Guatemala, Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana. Often, their volunteer missions are arranged over the spring break to accommodate their academic schedules. Not only do these individuals provide direct service during their travels, but they also organize the delivery of textbooks, medications, and other medical supplies that are so needed in other countries but are often wasted in the United States.

In local communities as well, faculty make countless contributions, from volunteering at free clinics and other service organizations, to parish nursing activities, to raising funds for scholarships for disadvantaged students who want to enroll in nursing programs. Nurses, nurse educators, and students are well known for the many volunteer activities that they initiate in times of natural disasters, from blood drives to rescuing victims whose lives are endangered. You, too, must be aware of how nurse educators and other health professionals volunteer their professional skills. Telling their stories can help celebrate their accomplishments and remind each of us how much we, as a profession, do for others.

It is important to point out that global causes, emergencies, and disasters are not the only markers of commitment within our ranks. Commitments to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education in terms of time, energy, and money deserve special recognition. One manner of recognition that is forthcoming from the foundation is the "Profiles in Diversity" feature, which will be established on the foundation website. These profiles will highlight the accomplishments of individuals and organizations toward the goal of minority nurse faculty recruitment. I am looking forward to reading them. I expect that, like President Clinton, we nurse educators may be able to publish a book of our own, to highlight the many leaders in nursing education and their contributions to a better world.

JOYCE J. FITZPATRICK, EDITOR
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Title Annotation:From the Editor
Author:Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.
Publication:Nursing Education Perspectives
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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