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Nursing History: Blurring Disciplinary Boundaries

Nursing History: Blurring Disciplinary Boundaries P1: OSO/OVY P2: OSO/OVY QC: OSO/OVY T1: OSO SVNF004-02 SVNF004-v4 August 26, 2006 10:10 When we examine the history of nursing, we take into consideration the broad components that affected its development: the labor market and labor laws, political issues of the day, the economy, religious and secular institutions and their influences on each other, gender relationships, and technological and scientific developments. We cannot just look at what happened, but rather we also need to explain how and why it occurred. At the same time, the complexities of health care and the knowledge explosion of the twenty-first century will bring new challenges to graduates of nursing and the health professions. This compels us as historians of nursing to develop, and to teach our students to develop, new ways of thinking about issues. This article argues for a broad historical approach that takes an interdisci- plinary view into consideration as we do our work in nursing history. Indeed, there is great potential for interdisciplinary study. Anne Marie Rafferty, Jane Robinson, and Ruth Elkan point out that nursing history “recognizes the in- escapable social, political, economic, and cultural factors influencing nursing.” In this way, nursing history is linked to the social http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Nursing History: Blurring Disciplinary Boundaries

Nursing History Review , Volume 15 (1): 6 – Sep 1, 2007

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Springer Publishing
ISSN
1062-8061
eISSN
1938-1913
DOI
10.1891/1062-8061.15.5
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P1: OSO/OVY P2: OSO/OVY QC: OSO/OVY T1: OSO SVNF004-02 SVNF004-v4 August 26, 2006 10:10 When we examine the history of nursing, we take into consideration the broad components that affected its development: the labor market and labor laws, political issues of the day, the economy, religious and secular institutions and their influences on each other, gender relationships, and technological and scientific developments. We cannot just look at what happened, but rather we also need to explain how and why it occurred. At the same time, the complexities of health care and the knowledge explosion of the twenty-first century will bring new challenges to graduates of nursing and the health professions. This compels us as historians of nursing to develop, and to teach our students to develop, new ways of thinking about issues. This article argues for a broad historical approach that takes an interdisci- plinary view into consideration as we do our work in nursing history. Indeed, there is great potential for interdisciplinary study. Anne Marie Rafferty, Jane Robinson, and Ruth Elkan point out that nursing history “recognizes the in- escapable social, political, economic, and cultural factors influencing nursing.” In this way, nursing history is linked to the social

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2007

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