Sarah B. Pasternack Nursing Student Essay Contest

Sarah Pasternack, MA, RN served as the President of the Nursing Archives Associates for more than 20 years. She received the Living Legend Award from the ANA Massachusetts in 2014. Sarah was an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Nursing and a Nursing Patient Services Director and an Advanced Practice Nurse in Patient Safety and Quality at Boston Children’s Hospital. 


Essay Title: Why is understanding nursing history important to the future of nursing?
You may consider a specific event, era, group, or person in your response to the question.

Essays should not exceed 1000 words.
To be considered, essays must be received by March 1, 2024.

Two winning essays will be selected – one written by an undergraduate nursing student and one written by a graduate nursing student (masters, post masters, or doctoral).

Authors of the winning essays will each receive a $500 prize. They will be expected to read their essay on a zoom meeting of the Nursing Archives Associates in mid to late April. The winning essays will be published on the Nursing Archives Associates website.

Send two copies of your essay to [email protected] with ‘Nursing Archives Essay Contest’ in the subject line. One copy must include your name, degree in progress, expected year of graduation, name of school, and email address. The second copy should not include any identifying information.

The winners will be notified by April 1, 2024.