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Florence Downs-a well-recognized nursing leader, educator, editor, and scholar-helped shape nursing as an intellectual discipline and wrote extensively about the importance of links between research and practice.

Figure 1 - Click to enlarge in new windowFigure 1. Florence Downs, EdD, FAANAugust 20, 1925-September 8, 2005Editor,

To read more about Florence Downs and her contributions to nursing, see Fairman and Mahon. (2001) Oral history of Florence Downs. Nurs Res. 50, 322-328.