That's a question you will continue to hear with increasing frequency as vascular access demands recognition in the realm of specialty practices. Without data derived from clinical treatment interventions and assessment of outcomes, we have a weakened position to advocate for and support a specialty designation. Vascular access initiatives require robust research and careful analysis of the subsequent statistical reports. Data drives the decisions we make and the course adjustments necessary to arrive at evidence-based practice.

If I ask you to provide a short list of prominent statisticians in history who have influenced work in the sciences, I will likely receive a wide variance of responses.

Clinicians who know the historical foundations of the nursing profession will most likely include Florence Nightingale (1820—1910) on their Top 5 list. Florence the lamp bearer, you say? Most definitely! Florence, the data gathering statistician who made...

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