Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing

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"The thrilling stories in the book tell of the way nurses work and the way they bring their experiences and knowledge to bear on political issues....The background presented in this book and the wonderful stories it tells will inform, stimulate, and inspire current and future nurses. This book fills an important gap in the nursing literature."—from the foreword by Claire Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN

"An excellent example of how nursing scholarship approaches a complex subject. Its final recommendations should be immediately adopted as requirements for all nursing school curricula."—Suzanne Gordon, author of Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines

This book was written to encourage nurses to become involved in the political process—by running for office, seeking appointments, or becoming active in local government. The authors have interviewed 46 nurses who hold or have run for public office—from members of Congress to local government. These nurses share their experiences on everything from getting informed on the issues and being involved in a political party, to presenting the right image, and fund-raising.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826199942
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Dean, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University. She is a leading figure in nursing education with numerous publications and presentations internationally. She co-founded and co-edited the Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice and was Editor of Nursing Leadership Forum. Her other publications include the first edition of the current book, Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, Educating Nurses for Leadership, and more. Clinical appointments have included Long Island College Hospital, North Shore Visiting Nurse Service, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center all in NY.

In her role as Professor of Nursing at the Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, Sandra B. Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN, brings nursing's rich history into the classroom. She teaches an online nursing history course to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students making history accessible and part of their educational experience. Dr. Lewenson weaves her love of nursing history into all the courses she teaches, including courses on decision-making, nursing education, and nursing research. She recently served as the President of the American Association for the History of Nursing and continues to be actively involved in this organization. Her research interests include nursing's historical political activity, the integration of nursing history into the curriculum, the evidence of nursism and its influence on the profession, and the history of nursing education in the United States. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship and Research Award from Teachers College, Columbia University, inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Alumni Association of Hunter College, and received the American Association for the History of Nursing Lavinia Dock Award for Historical Scholarship and Research in Nursing. Dr. Lewenson is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

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Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments

    Foreword by Claire M. Fagin


  2. Nurses in the Political Process: The Face That No One Sees

  3. Historical Perspective on Nurses Active in the Political Process

  4. Nurses in the Political Arena: The Face the Public Sees

  5. Nurses' Action on Social Issues

  6. Negotiating the Political Process: Lessons Learned

  7. Creating Political Opportunities

  8. Appendix A: Individuals Interviewed for this Book

    Appendix B: Political Action Databases and Audiovisuals on Nurses and Politics

    Appendix C: Campaign Posters and Photographs

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