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Nurses in the Political Arena

SKU# 9780826199942

The Public Face of Nursing


  • Harriet R. Feldman PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Sandra B. Lewenson EdD, RN, FAAN


The thrilling stories in the book tell of the way nurses work and the way they bring their experiences and knowledge to bear on political issues....The background presented in this book and the wonderful stories it tells will inform, stimulate, and inspire current and future nurses. This book fills an important gap in the nursing literature."--from the foreword by Claire Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN

An excellent example of how nursing scholarship approaches a complex subject. Its final recommendations should be immediately adopted as requirements for all nursing school curricula."--Suzanne Gordon, author of Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines

This book was written to encourage nurses to become involved in the political process--by running for office, seeking appointments, or becoming active in local government. The authors have interviewed 46 nurses who hold or have run for public office--from members of Congress to local government. These nurses share their experiences on everything from getting informed on the issues and being involved in a political party, to presenting the right image, and fund-raising.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 01, 2000
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199942
  • EISBN 9780826116727

About The Author(s) 

Sandra B. Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN, coeditor of the book, Capturing Nursing History: A Guide to Historical Methods in Nursing, is a professor of nursing at Pace University, College of Health Professions in Pleasantville, New York. She teaches in the master of nursing education program as well as the graduate core courses where she integrates history into the courses she teaches. She has developed both a master's and an undergraduate course in nursing history that has evolved into an online course. Dr. Lewenson has published widely on nursing and political activity during the first half of the 20th century and on the history of public health nursing and primary health care. She is the recipient of the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) 1995 Lavinia Dock Award for Exemplary Research and Writing for her book, Taking Charge: Nursing Suffrage and Feminism, 1873-1920, and received the Mary M. Roberts Award for Exemplary Writing (2013) for her edited book (coedited with Patricia D'Antonio) Nursing Interventions Through Time: History as Evidence. Dr. Lewenson has coedited Public Health Nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care, as well as the most recently published Practicing Primary Health Care in Nursing: Caring for Populations, with Marie Truglio-Londrigan. In 2016, the Nursing Education Alumni Association at Teachers College, Columbia University, awarded her the prestigious R. Louise McManus Medal for her leadership in nursing.

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Claire M. Fagin
  1. Nurses in the Political Process: The Face That No One Sees
  2. Historical Perspective on Nurses Active in the Political Process
  3. Nurses in the Political Arena: The Face the Public Sees
  4. Nurses' Action on Social Issues
  5. Negotiating the Political Process: Lessons Learned
  6. Creating Political Opportunities

  7. Appendix A: Individuals Interviewed for this Book
    Appendix B: Political Action Databases and Audiovisuals on Nurses and Politics
    Appendix C: Campaign Posters and Photographs