Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing / Edition 1

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This book was written to encourage nurses to become involved in the political process- by running for office, seeking appointments, or becoming active on some level in local government. The authors interviewed 46 nurses who hold or have run for public office- from Members of Congress to local aldermen. Theses nurses share their experiences on everything from getting informed on the issues, getting involved in a political party, presenting the right image, to fundraising. A chapter on nurses who have made use of the public arena in the past includes figures such as Lillian Wald, Lavinia Dock, and Margaret Sanger. Nurses have inside knowledge of health issues and the trust of the public. Here is a handbook that can help nurses realize their leadership potential.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826113313
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Dean and Professor with the Leinhard School of Nursing, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York. She is author or editor of numerous publications, including Educating Nurses for Leadership, with Martha Greenberg (Springer Publishing, 2005), Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: A Guide for Academic and Clinical Setting, with Rona Levin (Springer Publishing, 2000), The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education (Springer Publishing, 2003), and Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing, with Sandra Lewenson (Springer Publishing, 2000).

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. Acknowledgements
    Foreword by Claire 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: List of Nurses Interviewed for this Book
    Appendix B: Organizations, Web Sites, and Audio-Visuals
    Appenix C: Campaign Posters and Photographs
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