Description: The book provides an in-depth overview of the relationship between nursing and the women's movement. The authors have offered a thorough analysis of the profession of nursing from a historical perspective, while incorporating the issues of sexism and women's roles throughout.
Purpose: The book has eight very ambitious objectives primarily related to changing the perspective of nurses regarding their history and professional image. This is a needed addition to currently available resources both for the professional growth of our members, and to provide students with a broader perspective of our past, present, and future.
Audience: Although not specified by the authors, the book would be an excellent text for an elective for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students. It could also be used for "bridge" courses or courses on the profession of nursing. It is very easy to read, and also would be a useful resource for all professionals.
Features: There are no pictures or illustrations. As a reader, I always appreciate pictures of the people being discussed so that I can feel like I know them as individuals. The index is quite comprehensive regarding individuals. However, there were limited index entries regarding issues, institutions, or nursing specialties. This would have been a helpful feature.
Assessment: This is a thoroughly documented, thoughtful analysis of the profession of nursing with a historical and current perspective. The book itself is not physically appealing and I had a hard time picking it up. It was so well written, however, that I had an equally hard time putting it down. Features that were especially well done include the historical analysis, the roles of African American nurses, the issues of women in "men's wars," the importance of non-sexist language, and the roles of professional organizations.