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The Fork in the Road: Nursing History Versus the History of Nursing?

The Fork in the Road: Nursing History Versus the History of Nursing? HISTORIOGRAPHIC ESSAY The Fork in the Road: Nursing History Versus the History of Nursing? StOMN N t::LSOI\: School of Postgraduate Nu rsi ng The University of Melbourne Professions rend ro be strongly anached to their history, often a progresstvtsr account of t he growth of skill , influe nce, and importance of their particular field. On the othe r hand , historians are likely ro be more interested in whar historian John C. Burnham, in reference ro medicine, has described as "the changing place of the speciaL spirit of being a professional. " In what follows I shall reflect upon chat ''special spirit" in nursing. The state of nursing historical scholarship will be exam ined, and a crit iqu e offered of irs uneasy fit between nursing scholarship on one side and h isrorical scholarship on the orher. The question rhar underpins rhis essay is "Who is writing nursing history, and fo r whom?" In co nremporary marker-speak, this paper looks at nursing history' s "core busi ness .. and our "cusromer base. " lr will be argued that both the b usiness and rhe cusromers o f nu rsing hisrory have changed dramatica lly over the past ce http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Fork in the Road: Nursing History Versus the History of Nursing?

Nursing History Review , Volume 10 (1): 14 – Jan 1, 2002

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.10.1.175
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HISTORIOGRAPHIC ESSAY The Fork in the Road: Nursing History Versus the History of Nursing? StOMN N t::LSOI\: School of Postgraduate Nu rsi ng The University of Melbourne Professions rend ro be strongly anached to their history, often a progresstvtsr account of t he growth of skill , influe nce, and importance of their particular field. On the othe r hand , historians are likely ro be more interested in whar historian John C. Burnham, in reference ro medicine, has described as "the changing place of the speciaL spirit of being a professional. " In what follows I shall reflect upon chat ''special spirit" in nursing. The state of nursing historical scholarship will be exam ined, and a crit iqu e offered of irs uneasy fit between nursing scholarship on one side and h isrorical scholarship on the orher. The question rhar underpins rhis essay is "Who is writing nursing history, and fo r whom?" In co nremporary marker-speak, this paper looks at nursing history' s "core busi ness .. and our "cusromer base. " lr will be argued that both the b usiness and rhe cusromers o f nu rsing hisrory have changed dramatica lly over the past ce

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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