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“Service is the Rent We Pay”: The Complexity of Nurses' Claims to Their Place in Social Justice Movements

“Service is the Rent We Pay”: The Complexity of Nurses' Claims to Their Place in Social Justice... 2018 ELEANOR KROHN HERRMANN LECTURE “ServiceistheRentWePay”:TheComplexity ofNurses’ClaimstoTheirPlaceinSocial JusticeMovements JulieA.Fairman UniversityofPennsylvania The relationship between service and social justice as it pertains to the health professions,andnursinginparticular,isbothsimpleandcomplex.Socialjus- tice and service are part of nursing’s code of ethics, situating nursing’s work with patients as inclusive and rights-based.¹ Service is tightly connected to social justice, and to what we do, how we are socialized, how our collective memory is determined, and perhaps most important, who we are as health professionals. Nurses claim social justice as a critical part of nursing, and most of the time we can, but our claims are somewhat complicated. We all “tend to look tonarrativethreadsfromthepasttothepresentinordertoestablishcontinu- ities in and meaning for ourselves”² and our professions. It is only by doing this,asDavidHumenoted,that“wehaveanynotionofwhoweare,whether as individual entities or sociopolitical groups or nation-states.”³ We do have selectivememoriesaboutouridentities,butwemayoccasionallyhavetocome to terms with aspects of the past, that on both a personal and public level, “wemightratherbewithout.”⁴Theimportantpointishowweuseforgettable memoriestocreatesomethingdifferentandbetter,forexample,byusingthem NursingHistoryReview28 (2020): 16–30. APublicationoftheAmericanAssociationfortheHistory ofNursing. Copyright©2020SpringerPublishingCompany. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1062-8061.28.16 Pdf_Folio:16 “ServiceistheRentWePay” 17 to understand the complexity of nursing’s engagement in social justice rather thansweepingawayandignoringnurses’sometimesunethicalbehaviors. Inthisarticle,whichisarevisionoftheAmericanAssociationoftheHis- tory of Nursing keynote in San Diego, California in 2018, I will discuss ser- vice and its variations, social justice movements as complex entities and their connectiontoservice,nursesaspartofsocialjusticemovements,bothasindi- viduals http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

“Service is the Rent We Pay”: The Complexity of Nurses' Claims to Their Place in Social Justice Movements

Nursing History Review , Volume 28 (1): 15 – Sep 19, 2019

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2018 ELEANOR KROHN HERRMANN LECTURE “ServiceistheRentWePay”:TheComplexity ofNurses’ClaimstoTheirPlaceinSocial JusticeMovements JulieA.Fairman UniversityofPennsylvania The relationship between service and social justice as it pertains to the health professions,andnursinginparticular,isbothsimpleandcomplex.Socialjus- tice and service are part of nursing’s code of ethics, situating nursing’s work with patients as inclusive and rights-based.¹ Service is tightly connected to social justice, and to what we do, how we are socialized, how our collective memory is determined, and perhaps most important, who we are as health professionals. Nurses claim social justice as a critical part of nursing, and most of the time we can, but our claims are somewhat complicated. We all “tend to look tonarrativethreadsfromthepasttothepresentinordertoestablishcontinu- ities in and meaning for ourselves”² and our professions. It is only by doing this,asDavidHumenoted,that“wehaveanynotionofwhoweare,whether as individual entities or sociopolitical groups or nation-states.”³ We do have selectivememoriesaboutouridentities,butwemayoccasionallyhavetocome to terms with aspects of the past, that on both a personal and public level, “wemightratherbewithout.”⁴Theimportantpointishowweuseforgettable memoriestocreatesomethingdifferentandbetter,forexample,byusingthem NursingHistoryReview28 (2020): 16–30. APublicationoftheAmericanAssociationfortheHistory ofNursing. Copyright©2020SpringerPublishingCompany. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1062-8061.28.16 Pdf_Folio:16 “ServiceistheRentWePay” 17 to understand the complexity of nursing’s engagement in social justice rather thansweepingawayandignoringnurses’sometimesunethicalbehaviors. Inthisarticle,whichisarevisionoftheAmericanAssociationoftheHis- tory of Nursing keynote in San Diego, California in 2018, I will discuss ser- vice and its variations, social justice movements as complex entities and their connectiontoservice,nursesaspartofsocialjusticemovements,bothasindi- viduals

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Published: Sep 19, 2019

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