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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. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Jan
    24

    Book Launch! “Nursing With A Message”

    Nursing With A Message: Public Health Demonstration Projects in New York City 

    The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing invites you to a celebration for Patricia D’Antonio’s latest book, Nursingwith a Message: Public Health Demonstration Projects in New York City.

    Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

    Location: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

    Fagin Hall, Suite 2U

News

  • Honoring a History Maker

    In commemoration of Dr. Joan Lynaugh’s leadership and 80th birthday, the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing committed to raising $80,000 specifically for the Joan Lynaugh Founder’s Fund.

  • 130 Years of Continuing Nursing Education

    It took 10 years of petitioning, but by 1886, the Board of Lady Visitors of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania had successfully opened the Training School for Nurses, where women could come to learn the science of nursing. That kind of perseverance and tenacity proved prescient: The advancement of nursing education since then has required leaders with vast amounts of energy, foresight and resolve.