Captures the essence of pivotal events and individuals in nursing history
Replete with concise and easy-to-read information, this resource captures the essence of pivotal events and individuals in nursing history that have driven the evolution of nursing from a “handmaiden” role to that of a key health professional. It distills important historical information—often neglected in today’s nursing programs—that fosters an understanding and appreciation of the issues that inform nursing practice today. Content is presented in an easy-access format consisting of short summaries and “Fast Facts in a Nutshell” identifying key points throughout each chapter. Interviews with prominent nursing historians add breadth and color to this review of nursing through the ages.
Incorporating a global perspective, each chapter highlights significant events during a particular era, as they affected the status of the nursing profession and the nursing role. Beginning with the pre-Nightingale period, the book addresses the role of the nurse before the advent of formal training programs. It continues with the contributions of Florence Nightingale, the early 1900s, and new developments in nursing including public health nursing and the impact of both world wars. The bulk of the book is comprised on an in-depth account of the tremendous growth and professional development in nursing during the past 100 years, addressing nursing theories and leaders, education, research professional organizations, and the future of nursing.
- Provides important historical content often neglected in today’s nursing programs
- Delivers concise, easy-to-read information about important events and influential nursing luminaries
- Describes how nurses have influenced health and wellness across the lifespan
- Highlights key points with “Fast Facts in a Nutshell”
- Includes an interview with the president of the American Association for the History of Nursing, a chapter on the relevance of nursing history by a noted nurse historian, and a chapter on influential nurses in our history by a noted nursing leader and educator.