|1.||Basic description—The nurse historian documents and identifies the dilemmas with which nursing has struggled throughout time. History provides current nurses with the same intellectual and political tools that determined nursing pioneers applied to shape nursing values and beliefs to the social context of their times. Nursing history includes the study of labor history, gender studies, oral and social history, anthropology, and the social sciences. Such study exposes nursing students, practitioners, faculty, and administrators to the helpfulness of using history to understand the evolution of the profession. It provides a historical perspective to debates on health policy, encourages reflective practice among nursing professionals, and provides the historical legacy of the profession. Nurse historians are most often employed by academic institutions and the historical research is completed as part of their scholarship.|
|2.||Educational requirements—PhD is required to do the historical research and to hold a university faculty position as a nurse historian.|
|3.||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|4.||Compensation—Varies with employment setting and geographic location.|
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Publication information: Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing. Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 68.
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