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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Upcoming Events

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Talking History: "Over There": U.S. Nursing in the First World War

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Dial-in Number: 1-866-210-1669

Participant Code: 606-3527#


During the first 20 minutes or so Dr. Lusk will broadly outline U.S. nursing preparations for entry into the war and nurses' war service. She will include the work of Base Hospital and Red Cross nurses, issues of rank or lack thereof, and aspects of life "over there." Primary sources will be from the Mary Christy collection at the MNHRC, plus multiple secondary sources will be used. The remaining time will be open for discussion of nursing during this war and possible implications for today.  

Brigid Lusk is NOT an expert of nursing during the First World War but became interested in the subject because 1) the US entered the war 100 years ago, 2) she has co-hosted multiple presentations by people who are experts, and 3) Chicago's Midwest Nursing History Research Center (MNHRC) holds several artifacts of WWI nursing plus one nurse's collection of diary, letters, and scrapbook from her service in France. Brigid is a nurse historian and director of the MNHRC at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves as Program Chair of the AAHN. Registration for this event is required to join. We will be using the AAHN conference calling system, AT Conference, to host this discussion, so please use the call-in information provided above to join. It is advised to add this event to your calendar with the call details. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Van Wasshnova.

34th Annual AAHN Nursing Conference
Fairport, NY
September 7-9, 2017
Co-Sponsored by Wegmans School of Nursing
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

Institutional Members

Barbara Bates
Samuel Merritt University
St. John Fisher College


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