Patricia D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN
Killebrew-Centis Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Education, Chair, Department of Family and Community Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 407 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 746-4188
Patricia D'Antonio is a nurse and historian whose body of scholarship situates the profession's work and worth in both American hospitals and health care agencies and in the fabric of families and communities. Her research is the first to call attention to nurses' dual sources of power and her work analyzes how the profession can authoritatively use them in constructing the new relationships and alliances that will strengthen nurses' agency, voice, and presence in debates about issues affecting patients, families, communities, and health care systems in the United States and around the world.
Dr. D'Antonio is also the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing; a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; an affiliated faculty of Women's Studies; and a member of the Graduate Group in the History and Sociology of Science. Dr. D'Antonio also has a strong international presence and serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards including that of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery , Nursing Inquiry, Historia da Enfermagem e Revista Electronica (Brazil), and the Latin American Journal of Nursing Revista Latino Americana de Enfermagen.
Dr. D'Antonio received her BS from Boston College, her MSN from the Catholic University of America, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. D'Antonio teaches in both undergraduate and graduate courses that encourage students to think more deliberately about the meaning of nursing, nursing practice, and fundamental human and social needs. She currently serves as course director for N749 History, Health and Social Policy, a course that uses history as an intellectual framework for analyzing contemporary issues in health care practice, policy formulation, and public health. Dr. D'Antonio is also the co-editor of Nursing Interventions Through Time: History as Evidence (2010); Nurses' Work: Issues Across Time and Place (2007); Enduring Issues in American Nursing (2000) intended for students and clinicians.
Dr. D'Antonio's research positions nurses, too often historically invisible, as absolutely central to the larger interdisciplinary histories of institutions, clinical practice, health care policy, and women's care work. Her most recent book, American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority, and the Meaning of Work (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) has been internationally recognized for its importance in creating a new intellectual paradigm for nursing's history: one that analyzes nurses as members of families and communities as well as clinicians in hospitals and health care agencies. This paradigm allows her to explore the diverse ways in which women and some men from different race, ethnic and class backgrounds reframed the most traditional of gendered expectations - that of caring for the sick - in ways that allowed them to renegotiate the terms of some of their experiences and to reshape their own sense of worth, value, and power. This research was supported by a grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health from the National Library of Medicine, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. D'Antonio's earlier book, Founding Friends: Families, Staff, and Patients at the Friends Asylum in Early 19th Century Philadelphia (Lehigh University Press, 2006), places nurses at the center of an institution's history and demonstrates the power of day-to-day nursing decisions in shaping clinical practice and theoretical innovations. Her current research analyzes the critically important role nurses played in the early 20th century's health demonstration project movement that sought to increase health care access and equity to poor, working class, immigrant, and rural families. This is particularly significant as the United States stands ready to commit $11 billion dollars to bolster and expand the capacity of community health centers to provide comprehensive, high quality, and coordinated care that will target health disparities.
Currently Funded Grants
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
Dr. D'Antonio's clinical specialty is adult psychiatric/mental health nursing, and her particular interest is in the consultation/liaison role. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and serves on a task force charged by the American Academy of Nursing with constructing psychiatric/ mental health competencies for baccalaureate nursing students.
- President’s Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing, 2012
-Lavina Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing for American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority, and the Meaning of Work, 2011
-Relationship-Based Care, Nursing Excellence Award, Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Nursing for American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority, and the Meaning of Work, 2011
-American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year (History and Public Policy) for American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority, and the Meaning of Work, 2011
-Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2011
-M. Adelaide Nutting Award (with Julie Fairman) from the American Association for the History of Nursing, 2010
-Agnes Dillon Randolph Award from the University of Virginia, 2010
Legacy Award from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Alumni Association , 2009
-M. Adelaide Nutting Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing , 2008
-American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year (History and Public Policy) for Nurses' Work: Issues Across Time and Place, 2008
-American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year (History and Public Policy) for Founding Friends: Families, Staff, and Patients at the Friends Asylum in Early Nineteenth Century Philadelphia, 2007
-EdgeRunner, American Academy of Nursing, 2006 (for innovative research integrating physical and mental health care)
-Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2005
-Best of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Profession and Society), 2005
-American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year for Enduring Issues in American Nursing, 2001
-Lavinia Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing, 2001
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