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.
Penn Nursing’s Pat D’Antonio PHD RN FAAN, Ware Professor of Nursing and Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, wrote a piece for the American Journal of Nursing’s blog, “Off the Charts.” She offers up how history informs our present, and the nuances then and now of supportive care.
Nursing research has an important influence on evidence-based health care practice, care delivery, and policy. Two editorials in the journal Research in Nursing & Health, by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), explore how nursing research has been paramount in dealing with the emerging coronavirus pandemic.
In The Hill, Bates Center faculty Julie Fairman, Cynthia Connolly & Patricia D’Antonio call for waiving physician supervisory regulations for NPs to expand nursing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.