Official Publication of the American Association for the History of Nursing

In addition to accepting the usual manuscripts on any topic in nursing history, the editors are seeking papers to put into special sections. Please see the gray boxes below for more information on those sections.

Nursing History Review
Call for Papers
Special Section

Reinterpreting Nursing and Health Care History

Nursing History Review is seeking papers for a special section of an upcoming edition of the journal dedicated to the theme of Reinterpreting Nursing History. Following on from Professor Barb Mann Wall’s key note lecture at the AAHN 2019 meeting, and the papers presented in the Diversity and Inclusion Panel, we are seeking papers that actively seek to reinterpret aspects of nursing and health care history which have been marginalized in the history of nursing scholarship.

We particularly welcome new work which explores the intersection of race, class and gender in the history of nursing and health care or that decenters white women in the history of illness and disease.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

-          The role of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and/or LGBTQI+ nurses in the provision of health care, development of services, educational or technical innovation or theoretical and practical advances;

-          Responses of marginalized communities to health care problems, policies and structures;

-          The intersection between disability and health care history;

-          Histories of knowledge and material culture focused on indigeneity, health, and healing;

-          Histories from regions outside of North America and (Western) Europe are especially encouraged.

Submissions are also welcome for the shorter “Hidden in Plain Sight” section which may focus on works in progress, archival discoveries, or biographical pieces of nurses or health care providers who have been marginalized by dominant historical narratives.

Papers are subject to the usual peer review processes of publishing in NHR and should meet all the criteria, and follow the Author Guidelines available on our website.

To be considered for publication in the 2020 Volume of NHR papers should be received no later than December 10, 2019 to [email protected].


Call for Manuscripts!  Subsection: “Hidden in Plain Sight”
NHR 2020-21

We are seeking manuscript submissions for a new section of Nursing History Review highlighting nurses from under-represented groups (e.g.: diverse racial and ethnic groups from the global community), men and women from religious communities, and nurses from LGBTQ communities. Manuscripts may cover material from any time period in history.

Given the often-scarce primary sources available for study of these under-represented nurses, the manuscripts can be shorter than usual: from 5-20 pages (Double spaced, Chicago Style 16th edition, 12 pt.) Photographs may be included. In the cover letter for submission, authors should note that the manuscript should be considered for the section: “Hidden in Plain Sight.” Manuscripts should be submitted by November 1, 2019 to [email protected].

Arlene Keeling PhD, RN, FAAN
Editor, NHR


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Nursing History Review is the only scholarly annual of new peer review research on the history of nursing and health care. It publishes significant scholarly work in all aspects of nursing history as well as short and extended reviews of recent books.

Content of the Nursing History Review Volume 14 through the current volume is available on-line for AAHN members. To access the journal online, log in to the members only section of the web site. There you will find a link to your online subscription. To obtain an article, either purchase a back issue of the Publication, or request the citation through inter-library loan.

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