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Editorial Certainly +ngand enricliingia indd foundation is amajor prmxupation fbr nursing. Building an educational and march infrastructure and developing scholarship in nursing is a heady enterprise; one that is fraught with bo& the joys of dismvery and pionate argument over hce and method The reamkemq of historid scholarship ispartofrhislate2Oth~ntuy~rowardnewund~ of nursing practice and nursing's obligations in society. But sumsful mhabitation of historid and sciendc reseatchers will call for amity and more inclusive thinking among nurse intellectuals. Historical thhkmg and analysis is important to nursing and health care for precis+ the mns it is sometimes demgrared or marginalized by nurse drs steeped in biologd and khavioral research. It d& with parti& happenings and dotes on inclusiveness. History has its own distincr smndards of relevance and completeness which make it possible to explain unpredictable events in rrtrospxt. Historians can uncover how whpad hppmd could PDSSiblY hue happened gin the circummances ofan event. Thus we ancome to understand themntmofchoices: why nurses chose to become employees during the 1930s id of bkpndent pmaitb ners, haw dinid innwations acarally idtrate nursing praak, or how unanucipad co&cts ark between professional id& and the delivery of ded health servim. Hismry is Iike d lii; it is contingcnc. Science n- aies to con~ol contingenu- historians mum indude them in heir d~. But history, like sciente, must be of consequence, datory of what society needs to know. And because they complement each other, the schoIady scrutiny, diswvery, and mplatuaon so mtial to socially responsible 21w century nursing need both sciencz luPd the humanities. &wing that nothing is inevirable in history, we will cdmpaign m make this so. Center for the Study of the History of Nursing University of Pennsylvania http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Editorial

Nursing History Review , Volume 6 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1998

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Publisher
Springer Publishing
ISSN
1062-8061
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1938-1913
DOI
10.1891/1062-8061.6.1.1
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Abstract

Certainly +ngand enricliingia indd foundation is amajor prmxupation fbr nursing. Building an educational and march infrastructure and developing scholarship in nursing is a heady enterprise; one that is fraught with bo& the joys of dismvery and pionate argument over hce and method The reamkemq of historid scholarship ispartofrhislate2Oth~ntuy~rowardnewund~ of nursing practice and nursing's obligations in society. But sumsful mhabitation of historid and sciendc reseatchers will call for amity and more inclusive thinking among nurse intellectuals. Historical thhkmg and analysis is important to nursing and health care for precis+ the mns it is sometimes demgrared or marginalized by nurse drs steeped in biologd and khavioral research. It d& with parti& happenings and dotes on inclusiveness. History has its own distincr smndards of relevance and completeness which make it possible to explain unpredictable events in rrtrospxt. Historians can uncover how whpad hppmd could PDSSiblY hue happened gin the circummances ofan event. Thus we ancome to understand themntmofchoices: why nurses chose to become employees during the 1930s id of bkpndent pmaitb ners, haw dinid innwations acarally idtrate nursing praak, or how unanucipad co&cts ark between professional id& and the delivery of ded health servim. Hismry is Iike d lii; it is contingcnc. Science n- aies to con~ol contingenu- historians mum indude them in heir d~. But history, like sciente, must be of consequence, datory of what society needs to know. And because they complement each other, the schoIady scrutiny, diswvery, and mplatuaon so mtial to socially responsible 21w century nursing need both sciencz luPd the humanities. &wing that nothing is inevirable in history, we will cdmpaign m make this so. Center for the Study of the History of Nursing University of Pennsylvania

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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