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Nursing Interventions Through Time

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Nursing Interventions Through Time

SKU# 9780826105776

History as Evidence


  • Patricia D'Antonio PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Sandra Lewenson EdD, RN, FAAN

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Named a 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title!

Designated a Doody's Core Title!

This is a must-read for nurses who are interested in where nursing has been and what nurses have done to get to the present day. " Score: 94, 4 stars


Nursing has a rich history that consistently informs contemporary practice and standards. This book, by examining pivotal historical interventions across the spectrum of clinical care, allows nurses of today to incorporate the wisdom of the past into their own daily work. Maternal-child health programs, palliative care, tuberculosis, medications, pediatric care, and diabetes care, and more are discussed.

This invaluable resource documents how and why specific nursing interventions came about, what aspects of these interventions are utilized today and why, and how nurses of the past have addressed and solved the challenges of practice, from adapting to new technologies to managing the tension of the nurse-physician relationship.

Learn how nurses of the past 150 years have combated the challenges of:

  • Providing care to victims of pandemics, such as yellow fever, tuberculosis, and influenza
  • Adapting to new medical practices and technologies throughout the 20th century
  • Integrating cultural sensitivity into clinical care for special populations and underserved communities
  • Bringing public health services to rural communities
  • Fighting for public health policies that support hospice services in the United States

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 29, 2010
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105776
  • EISBN 9780826105783

Table of Contents 

Section 1: Threads of Continuity

Chapter 1: Mothers and Babies
Chapter 2: Palliative Care and the Hospice Movement
Chapter 3: Treating Tuberculosis: Infectious Disease -- Then and Now

Section 2: Interventions and Context

Chapter 4: Administering Medications: Judgment and Autonomy
Chapter 5: Children with Pneumonia: Hospital Care and Pediatric Nursing
Chapter 6: On Technology and Caring for the Critically Ill

Section 3: What Nurses Did

Chapter 7: Diabetes Care before Insulin
Chapter 8: The Hospital Care of Obstetric Patients in Early to Mid-20th Century America
Chapter 9: For Patients with Fever at Home
Chapter 10: Patients in the ICU: Caring in the Latter 20th century