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.
Jan31Barbara Bates Center seminar speaker Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, will use the American civil war as a case study to explore the many ways that war changed the narrative of American medical history.
Feb28Bates Center Seminar speaker Wendy Kline, PhD, explores the unexpected entanglements between psychiatry, midwifery, and psychedelics in the 1970s.
The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania is taking applications for the 2018 Fellowships and Research Awards.
The digitized lecture and ward notes of Mary V. Clymer, 1889 graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Training School for Nurses, illuminate the experience of 19th century student nurses.
Nurses were instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote.