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Nursing History for Contemporary Role Development

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Nursing History for Contemporary Role Development

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  • Sandra B. Lewenson EdD, RN, FAAN
  • Annemarie McAllister EdD, RN
  • Kylie Smith PhD

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Nursing practice has progressed beyond Florence Nightingale, and so has nursing history. This book delves into the intricacies of nursing history and its impact on contemporary nursing practice, education, and research. Nurses have always been political advocates for underprivileged and vulnerable populations during times of war, changing cultural landscapes, and social unrest. Today is no different. With historically significant case studies that ground the narrative, this book weaves the complex story of how the role of nurses has changed over time to adapt to new environments and needs, all the while retaining the key leadership and advocacy roles that have been inherent since the birth of the profession.

Chapters examine key issues in contemporary nursing today, such as the care of diverse populations, rural health care, mental health care, neonatal health care, the nurse educator role, entry into practice issues, and more, and contextualize their evolution, showing what remains tried and true, what has been disproven, and what remains to be examined. The text illustrates how nursing history fits into the broader context of culture and society from the late 19th century to the present. Each chapter features critical thinking questions and extensive resources for all levels of nursing education. An accompanying instructor's manual features guidelines for bringing historical elements into nursing curricula.

Key Features:

  • Embeds historical material into contemporary nursing practice, education, and research issues
  • Demonstrates how contemporary nursing roles and issues have evolved over the course of history
  • Includes numerous case studies from expert nursing historians
  • Addresses the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity as they impact health care today

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 05, 2016
  • Page Count 262
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826132376

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.

Annemarie McAllister, EdD, RN, dean of the Cochran School of Nursing at St. John’s Riverside in Yonkers, New York, has taught an online nursing history course to undergraduate students and graduate core courses with historical components at Pace University, College of Health Professions in Pleasantville, New York. Her research focuses on the history of the associate degree program as it was designed at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City during the mid-20th century. Her work explores the development of curricula at the associate degree level and the success of the leaders who were the proponents of this educational program, including Mildred Montag and R. Louise McManus. She received the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) H31 Pre-Doctoral Research Grant Award to complete her dissertation titled, R. Louise McManus and Mildred Montag Create the Associate Degree Model for the Education of Nurses: The Right Leaders, the Right Time, the Right Place: 1947-1959. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious AAHN Teresa Christy Award for Exemplary Research and Writing for her outstanding contribution to nursing. She recently published two chapters, "Inside Track of Doing Historical Research: My Dissertation Story" and "Learning the Historical Method: Step by Step" in Nursing Research Using Historical Methods: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing, edited by Mary de Chesnay (Springer Publishing).

Kylie M. Smith, PhD, joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University as the school's first Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Nursing and the Humanities, in November 2015. Dr. Smith's research focuses on American psychiatric nursing history, particularly approaches to advanced practice in the context of the Cold War. Prior to joining Emory, she served as lecturer at the School of Nursing at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where she taught reflective practice and incorporated humanities research and teaching methods into nursing curricula. In 2014, Dr. Smith received the prestigious Karen Buhler Wilkerson fellowship from the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania to undertake research into the development of American psychiatric nursing after World War II. This research has been further supported by grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center in New York and the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN). In 2015, she received the AAHN H15 Award for her current research, which looks at the relationships among American psychiatry, nurses, and race in the mid-20th century.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN



SECTION I: Late 19th and Early 20th Century

1. Minority Nurses in Diverse Communities: Mary Elizabeth Tyler and the Whittier Centre in Early 20th-Century Philadelphia

J. Margo Brooks Carthon

2. The Origins of Public Health Nursing: Meeting the Health Needs of Small Town America

Sandra B. Lewenson

3. School Nursing: A Challenging Strategy in Rural Health Care in the United States

Mary Eckenrode Gibson

SECTION II: The World at War

4. Wartime Nursing: Feeding as Forgotten Practice

Jane Brooks

5. Lives Not Worth Living: Ethical Dilemmas of Nursing in Nazi Germany

Linda Shields and Susan Benedict

SECTION III: Mid-20th Century

6. Toward Community-Based Practice: The Changing Role of the Registered Nurse in Psychiatry and Mental Health

Kylie M. Smith and Geertje Boschma

7. Educational Pathways for Differentiated Nursing Practice: A Continuing Dilemma

April D. Matthias

8. “On Such Teachers Rests the Future of Nursing”: Preparing Faculty for Associate Degree Programs at the Mid-20th Century

Annemarie McAllister

SECTION IV: The 1960s and Beyond

9. Professionalism and Practice: Neonatal Nursing and Newborn Critical Care

Briana Ralston Smith

10. Nurses Politically Engaged: Lillie Johnson and Sickle Cell Activism

Karen Flynn

11. Health Care as Women’s Rights: The Maternity Care Coalition—The Philadelphia Story

Linda Tina Maldonado and Barbra Mann Wall