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Capturing Nursing History

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A Guide to Historical Methods in Research


  • Sandra B. Lewenson EdD, RN, FAAN
  • Eleanor Krohn Herrmann EdD, RN, FAAN

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Winner of the 2008 AJN Book of the Year Award!

Named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008 byChoice!

This well written and well edited book fills a unique gap....[one of the] precious few [books] that focus on science or medicine and [one of] even fewer that cover the history of nursing."(Three Stars)--Doody's Book Review Service

While there have been many research texts in the nursing literature, and nursing history is both taught in courses and of popular interest to practicing nurses, there has never been a hands-on text that describes the process of doing historical research in nursing. This book, contributed by well-known and respected nurse historians, provides the necessary direction, guidance, and examples needed to conduct historical research. It covers such topics as historiography, biographical research, using artifacts in historical research, doing archival and other data searches, doing international historical research, and locating funding sources for historical research. Case studies will be used throughout to illustrate various methods and describe how, why, when, and where historical research is used in nursing.

Features of this edition:

  • Provides direction and tools for conducting historical research
  • Describes types of research, including biographical and oral histories
  • Covers frameworks used to study historical events, such as social, political, feminist, intellectual, and cultural
  • Addresses contemporary issues such as preserving and storing digitalized and tape-recorded data and obtaining institutional review board (IRB) approval for research, and addressing ethical and legal issues in historical research
  • Includes case studies that provide a "how-to" guide to conducting research

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 16, 2007
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115669
  • EISBN 9780826115652

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: Joan E. Lynaugh
    Preface: Sandra B. Lewenson and Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
    Preface: Sandra B. Lewenson and Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
  1. Why Do Historical Research? Sandra B. Lewenson and Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
  2. Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Historical Research, Patricia D'Antonio
  3. Doing Historical Research, Sandra B. Lewenson
  4. Using Frameworks in Historical Research, Joy Buck
  5. Critical Issues in the Use of Biographic Methods in Nursing History, Sonya J. Grypma
  6. Oral History Research, Geertje Boschma, Margaret Scaia, Nerrisa Bonifacio, and Erica Roberts
  7. Reflections on Researcher Subjectivity and Identity in Nursing History, Geertje Boschma, Sonya J. Grypma, and Florence Melchior
  8. Historical Research in Developing Countries, Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
  9. Working with Primary Sources: An Overview, Keith C. Mages and Julie A. Fairman
  10. "The Truth About the Past?" The Art of Working with Archival Materials, Christine Hallett
  11. About Artifacts, Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
  12. Ethical Guidelines and Standards of Professional Conduct, Nettie Birnbach
  13. Using Ethical Guidelines and Standards of Professional Conduct, Sandra B. Lewenson and Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
  14. Funding for Historical Research, Jean C. Whelan and Cynthia Anne Connolly

  15. Appendix 1: Artifacts: Additional Resources, Eleanor Krohn Herrmann
    Appendix 2: Nursing History Centers, Museums, and Archives, Janet L. Fickeissen
    Appendix 3: Nursing History Internet Sites, Janet L. Fickeissen