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Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN


“ History is a problem-solving discipline. By integrating history into nursing, students can develop the ability to find and evaluate evidence and identify diverse interpretations."

 Dr. Mann Wall is the Associate Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing and the Evan C. Thompson Term Chair for Excellence in Teaching. Her research focuses on the history of Catholic hospitals and sister-nurses as well as oral histories of retired nurses. Dr. Mann Wall's theoretical foundation is the interplay between religious and secular institutions and their interplay in American social history. In 2009, Dr. Mann Wall received the Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing for her article, " Catholic Sister Nurses in Selma, Alabama, 1940-1972."

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Trustees' Council of Penn Women Awards
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Faculty Expertise:

Nursing history, Catholic hospitals, sister-nurses, retired nurses, hospital establishments, disaster nursing.


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