Nursing, History and Health Care

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Nursing, History and Health Care


Flood, Marilyn E., Nursing History Review


Nursing, History and Health Care. 2011. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Nursing History. Project Directors: Jean C. Whelan and Karen Buhler-Wilkerson (1944-2010). Website Design: Rachel Eschenbach. www.nursing.upenn.edu/nhhc

Nursing, History and Health Care is an electronic source of historical information about nursing and health care, designed to be accessible and relevant to consumers of health care, policymakers, nursing practitioners, researchers, and educators. It provides context for understanding the development of nursing as an occupation and profession.

The site serves as a ready reference for everyone who goes first to the Web for information. It gives a substantive, balanced nursing history framework for those who surf further, but it also provides references for those who will pursue print materials. It reflects the scope of nursing, but, to meet its goal of conciseness, it is necessarily highly selective of the detail included.

The introductory overview, "American Nursing: An Introduction to the Past," is a succinct, engaging narrative of U.S. nursing history. A subsequent chronology, organized in a timeline by year, lists major events with essential explanatory detail for almost all entries. Each of the website's major subsections (Nurses, Institutions, and Caring; Home Care; Education; and Work Force Issues) has an introduction that provides perspective on the area. The articles in each section are authored by historians who have published elsewhere on the topics and have current or past connections with the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing (Karen Buhler-Wilkerson, Cynthia Connolly, Patricia D'Antonio, Joan Lynaugh, Elizabeth Reedy, Barbra Mann Wall, and Jean Whelan). Most of the segments include print references and/or add relevant bibliography. …

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