Enduring Issues in American Nursing

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Enduring Issues in American Nursing

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  • Ellen Baer RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Patricia D’Antonio RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Sylvia Rinker RN, PhD
  • Joan E. Lynaugh RN, PhD, FAAN

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Named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001 by Choice!

Why turn to the past when attempting to build nursing's future?...To make good decisions in planning nursing's future in the context of our complex health care system, nurses must know the history of the actions being considered, the identities and points of view of the major players, and all the stakes that are at risk. These are the lessons of history."
-- from the Introduction

This book presents nursing history in the context of problems and issues that persist to this day. Issues such as professional autonomy, working conditions, relationships with other health professionals, appropriate knowledge for education and licensure, gender, class, and race are traced through the stories told in this volume. Each chapter provides a piece of the puzzle that is nursing. The editors, all noted nurse historians and educators, have carefully made selections from the best that has been published in the nursing and health care literature.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 18, 2000
  • Page Count 400
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826113733
  • EISBN 9780826116321

Table of Contents 

    Section I: Contemporary Issues in Historical Context
    Introduction, Ellen D. Baer
  1. Nursing's History: Looking Backward and Seeing Forward, Joan Lynaugh
  2. The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in the Nursing Profession, Darlene Clark Hines

  3. Section 2: Identity: The Meaning of Nursing
    Introduction, Joan E. Lynaugh
  4. Isabel Hampton and the Professionalization of Nursing in the 1890s, Janet James
  5. Discipline, Obedience, and Female Support Groups: Mona Wilson at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, 1915-1918, Douglas Baldwin
  6. To Cultivate a Feeling of Confidence: The Nursing of Obstetric Patients, 1890-1940, Sylvia Rinker
  7. Midwives as Wives and Mothers: Urban Midwives in the Early Twentieth Century, Linda Walsh

  8. Section 3: The Nature of Power and Authority in Nursing
    Introduction, Patricia O. D'Antonio
  9. Aspirations Unattained: The Story of the Illinois Training School's Search for University Status, Ellen D. Baer
  10. Guarded by Standards and Directed by Strangers: Charleston, South Carolina's Response to a National Health Care Agenda, 1920-1930, Karen Buhler-Wilkerson
  11. Strange Young Women on Errands: Obstetric Nursing between Two Worlds, Judith Walzer Leavitt
  12. The Physician's Eyes: American Nursing and the Diagnostic Revolution in Medicine, Margarete Sandelowski

  13. Section 4: The Nature of Nursing Knowledge
    Introduction, Joan E. Lynaugh
  14. Constructing the Mind of Nursing, Diane Hamilton
  15. A Legitimate Relationship: Nursing, Hospitals, and Science in the Twentieth Century, Susan Reverby
  16. Lavinia Lloyd Dock: The Henry Street Years, Carole A. Estabrooks
  17. Delegated by Default or Negotiated by Need? Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and the Process of Clinical Thinking, Julie Fairman

  18. Section 5: Conclusion
    Introduction, Sylvia Rinker
  19. Revisiting and Rethinking the Rewriting of Nursing History, Patricia D'Antonio

  20. Appendix: Suggestions for Further Reading