Welcome to the American Association for the
History of Nursing! 

The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. 


A Message from the AAHN President

December 2019


Plan now to attend the AAHN Conference in Chester, UK! 

Curious about nurses’ role in the Bombing Blitz of England during World War II?  Join us in Chester, UK next September to hear our keynote speaker, Dr. Jane Brooks, discuss her research on this topic! And, by the way, add to your cv by presenting at an international conference!  Or use the conference as a networking opportunity to meet historians from around the world present their research on nursing and healthcare! 

Bombing of London, World War II 

Yes, no doubt you’re busy with the end of the semester and the upcoming holidays, but perhaps over the semester break you might get a chance to write an abstract for AAHN (DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2020) and make plans to join us in the United Kingdom next September 10 -12 for our annual conference!  It will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the charming old city of Chester, founded as a Roman fortress in the first century A.D.  Known for its extensive Roman walls, and distinguished by its Tudor-style buildings, the city boasts a shopping district, cozy pubs, and a medieval cathedral – as well as the University of Chester, our host for the conference.  According to one website: “Its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain’s most popular places for an unforgettable short break.” [i] 

For those of you who may be retired, or perhaps have a little extra time to stay abroad (having planned for a guest speaker in your class ;-)  --- DO try to join a group of AAHN members and friends  taking part in a post-conference bus tour of the Lake District (think castles, waterfalls, high tea, and a short trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, to see the castle and the surgeon’s museum) before returning to Manchester to depart for home on the 17th.  (This tour will leave Sunday morning, September 13 from the hotel.) 

A note to the procrastinators and those who are undecided:  Chester will be hosting a famous horse race the week/weekend of our conference, so hotel space may be limited.  Sign up early to reserve a place with a refundable deposit by clicking here.  

Do check our website for further details on both the conference and the side trip.

Feel free to contact me for further information:   [email protected].

In the meantime, best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season!   

[i] “Chester Cheshire and beyond,” www.visitcheshire.com


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The Benefits of Membership

History provides current nurses with the same intellectual and political tools that determined nursing pioneers applied to shape nursing values and beliefs to the social context of their times. Nursing history is not an ornament to be displayed on anniversary days, nor does it consist of only happy stories to be recalled and retold on special occasions. Nursing history is a vivid testimony, meant to incite, instruct and inspire today's nurses as they bravely tread the winding path of a reinvented health care system.
To find out about these nursing pioneers and their efforts, join the American Association for the History of Nursing.
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Thank You to Our 2019 Conference Sponsors! 

Thank you to all who helped make the AAHN 36th Annual Conference a success and a huge thank you to our sponsors!

Click here for photos from the 2019 Conference.






We look forward to the 2020 Conference in Chester, England.
September  10-12, 2020
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            BREAKING NEWS             

The American Association for the History of Nursing is proud to support The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Recognition Act in honor of the thousands of Cadet Nurses who studied and served under the U.S. Cadet Corps program in World War II.

About Friends of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps World War II

This group was formed to pass the 2018 bipartisan legislation, "U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act." It was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as HR7258 and in the U.S. Senate as Senate Bill 3729.  There is no financial or VA benefits. These women of the Greatest Generation only request to be honored as Veterans of WWII with an American flag and a gravesite plaque forever marking their proud service to our country during wartime in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps.  

Action Needed:  Be a  "Friend" of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps WWII.  
How:  Simply let your U.S. Senators and House Representatives know that passing this new bill is important to you by going to their website and clicking on the button.