Julie A Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nightingale Professor of Nursing, Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences and Director Emerita, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 306 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-4151
email: fairman@nursing.upenn.edu

Julie Fairman is a nurse historian whose work on the history of 20th Century health care represents a track record of consistent funding, including fellowships from the NLM, NEH and RWJ. Her work on the history of critical care earned her awards from the American Association of the History of Nursing and her first book, Critical Nursing: A History, received favorable reviews in the national and regional popular press and from reviewers in professional journals. Her most recent book is Making Room in the Clinic; Nurse Practitioners and the Evolution of Modern Health Care is in its second printing and recently out in paperback. She is currently the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, and is working on a history of the intersection of health policy and nurse practitioners in the United States from 1980 to the present.

Dr. Fairman teaches Nurs318, “Race, Gender and Class in American Health Care,” a University Honors course. She is also the lead faculty for Nurs750, “Nursing Inquiry”. This course introduces students to the process of intellectual inquiry and critique, and explores the intellectual foundations of scholarly disciplines in general and the discipline of nursing in particular. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science Department, and serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of Women’s Studies at Penn.

Dr. Fairman’s research focuses on the history of 20th century health care issues pervading contemporary nursing practice. Much of her recent work addresses the relationship between gender, nursing and technology (critical care) and the history of the social construction of professional boundaries (the history of the nurse practitioner movement). This research has been utilized by members of Congress and by other policy-making bodies such as the Ministry of Health of New Zealand. She is currently investigating the influence of the nursing profession on health policy and looking at the role of the patient as health policy advocate. Other work examines the post-World War II history of nursing scholarship and disciplinary development. Dr. Fairman serves as the 2009 IOM/AAN/ANF Scholar in Residence and will work with the RWJ/IOM Commission on Investing in the Future of Nursing.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

Clinical Practice
Dr. Fairman does not currently hold a clinical appointment but has worked with groups of practicing nurse practitioners through invitations to dialogue in journal clubs or think tanks, and collaborative work with clinician educator colleagues. As a former chair of a University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board, she necessarily kept current with clinical topics, and was responsible for maintaining strict standards of public protection during clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of the planning team for the Urban Women’s Think Tank, a two day conference co-sponsored by the School of Nursing and organized to identify innovative research strategies for improving the health of urban women, she was a key facilitator during discussions that included almost one hundred women from across the globe.


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Historical research provides the foundation to address the important strategic issues of our times. Enduring problems such as the nurse shortage, the shape of nursing education, and the care of indigent and chronically ill populations are rooted in the history of health care and the history of nursing in particular. A highly creative meshing of history and policy may provide the innovative strategies necessary to overcome problems present in American health care since the turn of the century.