A History Of American Nursing: Trends And Eras

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Overview

History of American Nursing: Trends and Eras is the first comprehensive nursing history text to be published in years. It provides a historical overview essential to developing a complete understanding of the nursing profession. For each key era of U.S. history, nursing is examined in the contexts of the sociopolitical climate of the day, the image of nurses, nursing education, advances in practice, war and its effect on nursing, licensure and regulation, and nursing research and its implications.

From early nursing to Nightingale’s revolutionizing influence, through two world wars to today, this succinct text engages students in an exploration of nursing’s past while connecting it to nursing practice in the present.

A History of American Nursing: Trends and Eras is designed to inform and empower today’s student nurses as they help to create the future of nursing.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This history of American nursing from the American Colonies to the present also discusses the profession's future, information technology, research tips, and relevant resources. "
Purpose: The purpose is to inspire excitement and interest about nursing history in BSN students, taking into consideration students' huge time commitment to the enormous amount of coursework in a BSN curriculum.
Audience: Although the audience is BSN nursing students, the book would be an interesting read for any nurse.
Features: The introductory first chapter acquaints readers with the "Seven Trends in Nursing:" image of nursing, nursing education, advances in practice, the effect of war on nursing, workforce issues, licensure and regulation, and nursing research. For each key era, the chapter begins with a summary of the general sociopolitical climate during that time frame and then explores how the seven trends were manifested during that era. A visual map for key events and key people is also included for each era. Chapters end with topics for further exploration, discussion questions, book lists, and suggested words for Internet searches. Additional resources are available online.
Assessment: "The concise, short, and easy to read chapters are very well organized around the seven trends, thus making it easy to compare from one era to another. The visual timelines help put the information into perspective. History books can be dry, but the way this one is written makes readers just want to keep reading. Very well done. "
From The Critics
Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This history of American nursing from the American Colonies to the present also discusses the profession's future, information technology, research tips, and relevant resources.
Purpose: The purpose is to inspire excitement and interest about nursing history in BSN students, taking into consideration students' huge time commitment to the enormous amount of coursework in a BSN curriculum.
Audience: Although the audience is BSN nursing students, the book would be an interesting read for any nurse.
Features: The introductory first chapter acquaints readers with the "Seven Trends in Nursing:" image of nursing, nursing education, advances in practice, the effect of war on nursing, workforce issues, licensure and regulation, and nursing research. For each key era, the chapter begins with a summary of the general sociopolitical climate during that time frame and then explores how the seven trends were manifested during that era. A visual map for key events and key people is also included for each era. Chapters end with topics for further exploration, discussion questions, book lists, and suggested words for Internet searches. Additional resources are available online.
Assessment: "The concise, short, and easy to read chapters are very well organized around the seven trends, thus making it easy to compare from one era to another. The visual timelines help put the information into perspective. History books can be dry, but the way this one is written makes readers just want to keep reading. Very well done. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763759513
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 265
  • Sales rank: 265,275
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Chapter 1 Introduction: Seven Trends in Nursing Kathleen Sitzman 1

Chapter 2 Nursing in the American Colonies From the 1600s to the 1700s: The Influence of Past Ideas, Traditions, and Trends Kathleen Sitzman 8

Chapter 3 Prelude to Modern American Nursing: The Work of Florence Nightingale Kathleen Sitzman PhD, RN 22

Chapter 4 Nursing in the United States During the 1800s: Inspiration and Insight Lead to Nursing Reforms Kathleen Sitzman 38

Chapter 5 Nursing in the United States From 1900 to the Early 1920s: A New Century Brings Novel Ideas and Social Concerns Deborah M. Judd 60

Chapter 6 Nursing in the United States From the 1920s to the Early 1940s: Education Rather Than Training for Nurses Deborah M. Judd 94

Chapter 7 Nursing in the United States From the 1940s to the Early 1960s: Professionalism, Educational Reformation, and Acceptance of Minority Nurses Deborah M. Judd 120

Chapter 8 Nursing in the United States From the 1960s to the Early 1980s: Decades of Change-Regional Conflict, Segregation, and Specialization Deborah M. Judd 150

Chapter 9 Nursing in the United States From the 1980s to the Present: New Opportunity, Technological Advances, Nursing Autonomy and Globalization Deborah M. Judd 180

Chapter 10 Envisioning the Future of Nursing: Global Nursing, National Healthcare Reform, and Nurse Socialization Deborah M. Judd 210

Chapter 11 Information Technology and the Continued Study of Nursing History: Research Tips and Relevant Resources G. Megan Davis 236

Photographic Credits 249

Index 251

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