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History help us to understand nursing in present

Study of nursing history provides insight into future of health care

In Keeling's view, the growing emphasis on history will result in rewards for the health care field and for patients alike, especially with changing practices and policies. For example, the Affordable Care Act ACApassed into law in 2010 with provisions rolled out over a 10-year span of timegreatly expands the number of Americans who will have health insurance or Medicaid benefits, but it also increases the scope of coverage and places a greater emphasis on preventive services such as mammograms and flu shots.

Initially, this included revisiting nursing textbooks at various points in history to see what nurses of the past had been taught. But to Brodie, "the most entrancing history is the story of what people did in certain times and under certain conditions—as real human beings dealing with real human problems in their best ability to serve.

  • Leading Change, Advancing Health, school nurse Carolina Sandaval is credited with first alerting authorities to an outbreak of H1N1 in her New York City high school, "prompt[ing] a worldwide alert for what would soon be declared a pandemic;
  • Many UVA nursing students attend the University's Nursing History Forums; recent talks included sessions on nursing in migrant camps during the Great Depression and on care for disabled children in 1907 Seattle;
  • Although physicians are often featured in the media when disasters such as Hurricane Katrina strike, "it's also nurses who are on the front line.

Through this collection, students can gain a better understanding of how communities and nursing professionals have historically worked together to help underserved populations obtain good care—some of it preventative—from people they trust. Another, the Benoist Collectiondocuments the experience of public health nurse Caroline Benoist in Mississippi in the 1930s and 1940s.

This collection provides valuable insight into maternal and child health care in Mississippi during the Great Depression. From the Benoist Collection: Recently, the window depicted a nurse anesthetist working with Dr. Alfred Blalock on "blue baby" surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1943.

  • Brodie says that the emphasis on international health care history underscores not only how good nursing care transcends time and space but also the "enormous, diversified role nurses play in this world;
  • Brodie says that the emphasis on international health care history underscores not only how good nursing care transcends time and space but also the "enormous, diversified role nurses play in this world;
  • A Window in Time Keeling and her colleagues incorporate a study of history into the nursing program curriculum; for example, Keeling currently teaches a course called Historical Inquiry in Nursing;
  • This collection provides valuable insight into maternal and child health care in Mississippi during the Great Depression.

A Window in Time Keeling and her colleagues incorporate a study of history into the nursing program curriculum; for example, Keeling currently teaches a course called Historical Inquiry in Nursing. In discussing disasters in particular, Keeling explains that, as with many other fields, "the lessons learned from one disaster can be applied to the next," making the study of historical context invaluable to informing current practice and health policy.

  • Stephanie Gross "Nursing care is a tremendous amount of our national health policy bill, in the sense of what we have to pay for," she says;
  • Nurses at Charles Hospital in Aurora, Ill;
  • UVA student nurses and their pediatric patients "taking the air" outside University hospital in the 1920s.

UVA student nurses and their pediatric patients "taking the air" outside University hospital in the 1920s. When Disaster Strikes, 1878—2010, Keeling discusses the critical role nurses played in the 1918 influenza pandemic, teaching what the book describes as "key principles of respiratory hygiene, hand washing, disinfection of household utensils and the critical importance of wearing gauze masks in public.

Leading Change, Advancing Health, school nurse Carolina Sandaval is credited with first alerting authorities to an outbreak of H1N1 in her New York City high school, "prompt[ing] a worldwide alert for what would soon be declared a pandemic. Although physicians are often featured in the media when disasters such as Hurricane Katrina strike, "it's also nurses who are on the front line.

Many UVA nursing students attend the University's Nursing History Forums; recent talks included sessions on nursing in migrant camps during the Great Depression and on care for disabled children in 1907 Seattle. The specific setting in which nurses practice may change, but one thing does not: Working in collaboration with rural physicians, nurses have long been responsible for providing reliable health care to people from vastly different backgrounds and with vastly different needs, some in remote areas.

When a nurse gets a new patient at the hospital, the first thing she or he must do is ask about the patient's history—what brought you here, what made you sick, tell me about your history.

The Future by Way of the Past

The same thing holds true generally for nursing. We need to know where we were so we can figure out where we should go in the future. Barbara Brodie displays a nurse's winter cape, from a student nurse at UVA, circa 1950. Stephanie Gross "Nursing care is a tremendous amount of our national health policy bill, in the sense of what we have to pay for," she says.

There've been lots of studies that show that good nursing care results in faster recovery, getting discharged from the hospital faster, fewer complications.

Looking Back to Look Ahead

More access to nursing care will reduce the overall health care bill," Whelan says. From studying the nursing workforce trends of the past, Whelan warns that when the country has a shortage of nurses, which happened throughout the 20th century, strategies to meet the shortages were put in place that were not conducive to good health care.

The shortage continued through the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.

  1. The shortage continued through the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.
  2. We need to know where we were so we can figure out where we should go in the future.
  3. Recently, the window depicted a nurse anesthetist working with Dr. Rather than directly caring for patients, Whelan says nurses instead spent much of their time directing assistant personnel around.

Rather than directly caring for patients, Whelan says nurses instead spent much of their time directing assistant personnel around. Nurses at Charles Hospital in Aurora, Ill. Numbers are good, but good nurses are better. Students presented work in sessions with titles such as "'Gathering Babies Amidst the Flowers': Brodie says that the emphasis on international health care history underscores not only how good nursing care transcends time and space but also the "enormous, diversified role nurses play in this world.

Graduate student Pamela Kimeto Grad '18 is currently investigating the history of nursing in British colonial Kenya in the 20th century, and credits UVA with offering a greater breadth of nursing history study than she had received at other institutions. Kimeto says that Milio's work with infection control in particular could have direct application in both nursing research and practice in Kenya today.