Our Society needs help. We have poor health literacy, problems with diversity and inclusion, the love of reading has been replaced with short videos, many are not intellectually stimulated, families spend much more time apart than together, there is a need for science education to reach the masses, and there is a large nursing shortage.
The Nurse Florence® series addresses all these issues.
This series is a children’s health book series that introduces some medical words to kids in every book. The series answers some basic questions that most kids have about how their body works. The books that address diseases will help families understand what a family member is going through, treatment options, and how to prevent the preventable diseases. This series will help kids make informed decisions about their health and encourages a healthy lifestyle.
In regards to diversity and inclusion, each Nurse Florence is different in every book so that all races and ethnicities are represented. If someone sees a person of their same race and ethnicity doing something, they are more likely to have the belief that they can do it also. We are only getting to the future together.
The general science books are short and can help instill a love of reading for those that dislike it, in my opinion. The engaging drawings will help children stay engaged in the storyline and not feel that are only being taught something. They will learn through fun.
The disease books going into the pathophysiology and do not shy away from some of the technical terms. We want to intellectually stimulate children and their parents with every book. We believe they can learn the material even though some of it may be new information. We want to help families feel empowered.
In regards to families spending more time apart, we want to encourage a sense of community by families reading the books together. They will learn together, laugh together, realize things together, and have a starting point for further discussions to keep communication flowing.
The Nurse Florence® series brings college level science material down to an elementary level. These books could be used in classrooms around the country and the world since translations into other languages has already started. Science is amazing and kids should get to experience that feeling.
Finally, there is a large nursing shortage and this series could inspire a whole new generation to pursue a career in the health sciences.
I hope you enjoy the series as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Michael Dow, RN, MS, MHA, MSM