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.
Mar22Penn Nursing’s Julie Fairman, RN, PhD, FAAN to present the 11th Annual Renee C. Fox Lecture in Medicine, Culture and Society lecture titled, “Nurse Practitioners: Their History and their Future in a Changing Health Care Environment”.
The Fabiola effect: Hagiography and the constitution of the modern nurse in nineteenth century BritainThis talk with Sioban Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAHS, examines the debates and conversations that took place in Victorian Britain on the relationship between female piety and dedication to nursing.
Apr3American Indians today still grapple with the traumas that federal boarding schools inflicted on generations of Indigenous families. In this Bates Center seminar series, Juliet Larkin-Gilmore focuses on the Mohaves (Aha Macavs) of the Lower Colorado River and examines how they and Office of Indian Affairs (OIA) administrators encountered the boarding school health crisis in the early twentieth century.
The spring 2019 seminar series offers an exciting lineup of prominent scholars who will present new historical scholarship.
As we wrap up our series Calm, Cool, Courageous, we take a look at the fatalities and the silence surrounding the tragic event.
Visiting nurses were on the front lines of the Influenza Pandemic. They faced illness, death, and risked their own lives and safety to care for others.