The Bates Center is the preeminent history of nursing research center and archive.
Our priority is to increase the understanding of the importance of the history of nursing and healthcare to the development of our healthcare system and in crafting effective health policies and patient care strategies.
Through its extensive collections, fellowships, and curricula opportunities, the Bates Center provides considerable evidence for scholars and students to question traditional disciplinary paradigms; to give voice to the historical power of nursing, and to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of local and global approaches to issues of health and illness.
Mar29Who should perform clinical tests: patients, physicians, nurses or technicians? Bates Seminar Speaker Amanda L. Mahoney will explore how the health care system struggled to decide this question during the mid-twentieth century through a discussion of clinical literature and the material culture of diabetes monitoring.
Bates Center seminar speaker Cliff Trafzer, PhD, discusses the impact of public health nurses on the Indian tribes of Southern California following the disastrous effects on Indian health caused by the introduction of Western Medicine and the reservation system.
Apr12Bates Center Seminar speaker Heather Munro Prescott, PhD, explores how the IUD went from being an icon of women’s victimization by medical technology in the 1980s to being a symbol of reproductive rights activism in the early twenty-first century.
Bates Center Director Dr. Patricia D’Antonio’s post, “Obamacare: A scholar’s tale,” was featured on Philly.com’s ‘The Public’s Health’ blog. D’Antonio’s blog discuss her new book Nursing with a Message: Public Health Demonstrations Projects in New York City and how it relates to the current discussion to repeal and replace Obamacare.
NLN Creates Nursing Education Archive at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing are joining forces to preserve the NLN’s rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.
Penn Nursing Professor Authors New Book Detailing the Historical Importance of Public Health Programs
Nursing with a Message Reveals How These Programs – and the Nurses Who Ran Them – Influenced Personal Health Choices.