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: Nursing History Centers: What They Are and What They are Not

Thursday, May 8
12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Call-in Information

Domestic: 855-212-0212
International: 530-881-1212
Access Code: 639-138-863#

Now that the winter is finally over, we welcome spring with a fantastic Talking History session. This session, hosted by AAHN member and former President Arlene Keeling, will cover nursing history centers. Arlene will discuss the role of nursing history centers as research, archival and programmatic facilities which have enabled the dissemination and promotion of research on nursing history to a large audience. Bring your questions about what history centers offer those interested in nursing history and how you can use existing centers to your advantage. 

Arlene Keeling, PhD, FAAN, RN,is the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing and the Director of The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry at the University of Virginia. She has extensive clinical experience in acute coronary care nursing and conducted a series of research studies on "Time-in-Bed" after interventional cardiac procedures. Currently, her field of research is in nursing history. She has been awarded the AAHN's Lavinia Dock award twice, once in 2004 for her article Blurring the Boundaries Between Medicine and Nursing: Coronary Care Nursing, circa the 1960s, and then again in 2007 for her book Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893-2000. She was also the recipient of the 2012 AAHN Roberts Award, along with her co-editor Dr. Barbra Mann Wall, for Nurses on the Frontline. Most recently, Arlene and her co-author Dr. Anne Cockerham published Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World: Stories of Nursing and Midwifery at Kentucky's Frontier School, 1939-1989. Dr. Keeling is currently researching the history of nursing in the 1918 influenza pandemic, the history of nurses in migrant camps in the Great Depression, and the history of nursing at Mayo Clinic. Arlene was president of the AAHN from 2006-2008, during which time she inspired colleagues in the United Kingdom and Europe to develop a European Association for the History of Nursing. She is currently co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing's Expert Panel on Nursing History.

As always, Talking History is a free event and registration is not required. Use the call-in information above on the day of the event to join. We look forward to answering any and all of your nursing and health care history-related questions!

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31st Annual AAHN Nursing Conference
Storrs and Hartford, CT
September 18-21, 2014
Co-Sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Nursing
Hartford Hilton Hotel

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