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Barbara Bates portrait

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. 

Calm, Cool, Courageous: Nursing and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

This fall marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. To commemorate this horrific event that impacted the entire world, the Bates Center is organizing a campaign, Calm, Cool, Courageous, to highlight the work and experiences of nurses during the 1918 flu pandemic. Follow along on twitter at @Penn_Bateshx and on facebook using #FollowTheFlu for real-time reactions to events as they unfolded. 

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