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Topic Guide - Nursing
Resources to help with research, study and learning about nursing theory.
In 1974, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Bicentennial Celebration Committee determined that those nurses whose dedication and achievements have significantly affected the nursing profession should be honored for their contributions. Therefore, the ANA Board of Directors created a seven-member Hall of Fame Committee who chose 1976, the year of the nation's bicentennial, as the best time for unveiling the Hall of Fame. From more than 100 names, the Hall of Fame Committee unanimously selected fifteen charter members with the recommendation that the Hall of Fame be made permanent. The ANA Board of Directors approved the recommendation and requested that the committee continue its work and add new members to the Hall of Fame periodically.
Welcome to the Nursing, History and Health Care website. This unique site serves as a source of historical background information on issues regarding the nursing profession and the provision of nursing care. It addresses a wide range of topics critical to comprehending and broadening our understanding of health care and nursing concerns, including the role of professional nurses, nurse shortages, workplace problems and public health issues. This site aims to provide access to information that can be used by practitioners, researchers, educators, policymakers and consumers of health care to gain perspective on health care issues in general and nursing in particular by developing the historical context in which nursing developed as a profession and an occupation and also to increase awareness of the nursing profession’s contributions to health care in the United States.
The Museum of Nursing History, Inc. is committed to the preservation and exhibition of historical nursing memorabilia and to the education of the nursing community as well as the general public about nursing’s past.
The U.S. Army Nurse Corps Historical Collection is a branch of The Office of Medical History, which is a part of the OTSG/MEDCOM Historical Program. Our mission is to support the men and women of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps through the assembly and publication of reference materials, oral histories, original works, web publications, special studies, AMEDD newspaper/professional publications and print series.
Established in 1966 with help from a United States Public Health Service grant, the History of Nursing Archives contains the personal and professional papers of nursing leaders; records of the schools of nursing; public health and professional nursing organizations; histories of various American and foreign schools of nursing, including early textbooks; as well as a very extensive book collection. These manuscripts and books document the evolution of the profession and its contribution to the fields of public health, women's rights, and military history.
The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing is the preeminent nursing history archive and research center in the world. Our priority is to increase understanding of the importance of nursing history and health care to the development of effective health policy and patient care strategies. The faculty, fellows, and visiting scholars create scholarly papers and books that tie nursing’s history directly to current health topics. Our work in the history of nursing provides evidence necessary for a better understanding of the nation’s health care problems and the strategies required for resolving current critical issues.