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

November 2019

As we approach this holiday season, I write to thank each and every one of you for your support of the American Association for the History of Nursing. Simply by joining the association you have demonstrated your commitment to its goals; by participating in the conferences, and working on committees (to read abstracts, choose award and grant recipients, work on the strategic plan, and a host of other activities), you have further demonstrated your interest in its success.  For that, I, the Board members, and the staff of Riggs Enterprise extend our heartfelt appreciation.

As you are aware, this past year we initiated a capital campaign to increase our funds and promote the sustainability of this organization. That campaign was successful in meeting more than half of our initial $20K goal: over the course of the year, members donated a total of $11,635.00.   Combining those funds with the amount raised at the conference in Dallas (including the silent auction proceeds and donations to AAHN through our “Buy a share in AAHN” initiative (total = $3784.09), we have raised a total of $15,419.09! Thank you!! 

Now, in that same spirit of giving, I am asking members to continue to support the organization: by recruiting new members; by promoting attendance at the conference in Chester, UK, next September; by continuing to volunteer for board positions and committee assignments; and by donating once again to our ongoing capital campaign.  Let’s try again for $20,000 for 2020!  It certainly has a nice ring to it! (Tax-deductible donations can be made online using the Donate button below or by mailing a check to our offices. See “contact AAHN” in the tab above.)

Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday Season!

Arlene W. Keeling PhD, RN, FAAN
email: [email protected]

Donate to our Capital Campaign - $20,000 for 2020!
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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.