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Nurses' Work

SKU# 9780826102119

Issues Across Time and Place


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

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award!

Every nursing student and practicing nurse would benefit from reading this book." Score: 91, 4 stars


The excerpts taken from original writings and events provide readers with a sneak peak into a forgotten world....This book is a must for anyone in the nursing profession. Essential. All levels.--Choice

With contributions from some of the most renowned nursing scholars and historians, the real-life history of how nurses worked and how they endured the ever-changing economic, social, educational, and technological milieus is presented in a captivating collection of articles.

Through time and place, experts chronicle the rich variety of nurses' work by presenting actual accounts of clinical practice experiences. Tracing the evolution of nursing from the role as family caregiver to roles in clinical practice today, the contributors approach this history by focusing on four thematic categories:

  • Who does the work of nursing?
  • Who pays for the work of nursing?
  • What is the real work of nursing?
  • How have our nursing predecessors struggled with the relationship between work and knowledge?
  • Nurses' Work, provides an incredible collection of significant historical scholarship and contemporary themes that encourages us to understand and think these questions and the future of nursing.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 01, 2006
  • Page Count 392
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102119
  • EISBN 9780826103741

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, Patricia E. Benner
    Section 1: Those Who do Nurses' Work
  1. Introduction, Patricia D'Antonio
  2. Family Caregiving in the Nineteenth Century: Emily Hawley Gillespie and Sarah Gillespie Huftalen, 1858-1888, Emily K. Abel
  3. The Legacy of Domesticity: Nursing in Early Nineteenth-Century America, Patricia D'Antonio
  4. Unheralded Nurses: Male Caregivers in the Nineteenth-Century South, Linda E. Sabin
  5. Satisfied to Carry the Bag: Three Black Community Health Nurses' Contributions to Health Care Reform, 1900-1937, Marie O. Pitts Mosley

  6. Section 2: Nursing's Ambivalent Relationship with Money
  7. Introduction, Ellen D. Baer
  8. A Sound Economic Basis for Schools of Nursing, Mary Adelaide Nutting
  9. Nursing's Divided Loyalties: An Historical Case Study, Ellen D. Baer
  10. "A Necessity in the Nursing World": The Chicago Nurses Professional Registry, 1913-1950, Jean C. Whelan
  11. The Cost of Caring: The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's Visiting Nurse Service, 1909-1953, Diane Hamilton

  12. Section 3: Doing Nurses' Work
  13. Introduction, Sylvia D. Rinker
  14. Nurses: The Early Twentieth-Century Tuberculosis Preventorium's "Connecting Link," Cynthia A. Connolly
  15. "The Steel Cocoon": Tales of the Nurses and Patients of the Iron Lung, 1929-1955, Lynne M. Dunphy
  16. Blood Work: Canadian Nursing and Blood Transfusion, 1942-1990, Cynthia Toman
  17. Blurring the Boundaries between Medicine and Nursing: Coronary Care Nursing, Circa the 1960s, Arlene W. Keeling
    Section 4: Work and Knowledge
  18. Introduction, Joan E. Lynaugh
  19. Theory and Practice, Agnes S. Brennen
  20. The Nurse-Clinician, Frances Reiter
  21. The Development of a Personal Concept, Virginia A. Henderson
  22. Clinical Nursing Practices and Patient Outcomes: Evaluation, Evolution, and Revolution, Margaret D. Sovie
  23. Historical Analysis of Siderail Use in American Hosptials, Barbara L. Brush and Elizabeth Capezuti