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.
Dr. Strumpf offered an overview of care for older persons in Philadelphia, using the history of the Ralston Center as a prism of such efforts in the city and the nation.
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 discusses 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.