The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. Originally founded in 1978 as a historical methodology group, the association was briefly named the International History of Nursing Society. The purpose of the Association shall be to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing by...Continue

AAHN is a network of discovery that advances historical scholarship in nursing and healthcare and promotes the development of historians.

Promote the appreciation and scholarship of the history of nursing to inform and shape nursing's future.

Membership includes the annual journal, The Nursing History Review and the semi-annual, AAHN Bulletin. At the annual meeting members have the opportunity to meet and discuss historical interests with other nursing history researchers. Join AAHN Today!

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Talking History: The State of the AAHN and Other Topics of Interest to the Nursing & Health Care History Community

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST


This session, hosted by Jean C. Whelan, will be a general discussion on the activities of the AAHN, how the Association can better meet the needs of the membership and will include a conversation about nursing and health care history. We welcome all your questions, comments, thoughts and ideas. Please join us for an interesting and thoughtful discussion on all things history! 

Jean C. Whelan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the history of the nursing profession, workforce issues shaping nursing's development and policy implications involved in maintaining adequate nurse services. She has recently published on legislation regulating nursing practice, demographic characteristics of the American nursing workforce, the distribution of nurses to the public and the ways in which the nursing profession developed conventions of work. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. She has also developed and created two websites on nursing and health care history. Jean is the current President of the AAHN.

Registration for this event is required to join. We will be using GoToWebinar to host this discussion. You may use your computer's audio or your telephone to participate. If you have any questions about how to access the session via GoToMeeting, please contact Andrew Van Wasshnova.

32nd Annual AAHN Nursing Conference
Dublin, Ireland
September 17-20, 2015
Co-Sponsored by the University College Dublin
Alexander Hotel

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Barbara Bates


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