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“Women’s Mission Among Women”: Unacknowledged Origins of Public Health Nursing

“Women’s Mission Among Women”: Unacknowledged Origins of Public Health Nursing “Women’s Mission Among Women”: Unacknowledged Origins of Public Health Nursing Rima D. Apple University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of South Africa Visiting nurses were the hallmark of 20th-century public health organiza - tions in much of the Western world, where, typically, socially committed nurses, physicians, and social reformers aimed to bring health and pr - even tive health education to underserved populations. In England, however, the genesis was quite different. There, visiting nurses had a unique pr-ecur sor: the health visitors’ movement. Health visitors are still an integral part of the British health system. Their contemporary familiarity has obscured their, at the time, radical, 19th-century gendered and classed roots. Over the decades, the scope and content of the profession have been debated, but its core elements, its unprecedented features, have remained constant. First and foremost, it is public health work, not clinical practice; health visiting concerns person-to-person education for health and wellness, a relationship between the provider and the client. Second, it takes place in the home, a domestic, private setting. Both these features became critical elements of visiting and community nursing for most of the 20th century. Visiting per se was not new in the 19th century. Visiting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

“Women’s Mission Among Women”: Unacknowledged Origins of Public Health Nursing

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 13 – Jan 1, 2018

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.26.1.55
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“Women’s Mission Among Women”: Unacknowledged Origins of Public Health Nursing Rima D. Apple University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of South Africa Visiting nurses were the hallmark of 20th-century public health organiza - tions in much of the Western world, where, typically, socially committed nurses, physicians, and social reformers aimed to bring health and pr - even tive health education to underserved populations. In England, however, the genesis was quite different. There, visiting nurses had a unique pr-ecur sor: the health visitors’ movement. Health visitors are still an integral part of the British health system. Their contemporary familiarity has obscured their, at the time, radical, 19th-century gendered and classed roots. Over the decades, the scope and content of the profession have been debated, but its core elements, its unprecedented features, have remained constant. First and foremost, it is public health work, not clinical practice; health visiting concerns person-to-person education for health and wellness, a relationship between the provider and the client. Second, it takes place in the home, a domestic, private setting. Both these features became critical elements of visiting and community nursing for most of the 20th century. Visiting per se was not new in the 19th century. Visiting

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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