The Barbara 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 Barbara 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.
The Barbara Bates Center is a committed partner in preserving all voices of nursing history, opening access to collection materials, and growing our digitized collections and sites. To support our efforts individuals can contribute funds, donate personal papers, and volunteer time.
Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans and professor of nursing, an internationally recognized scholar and leader in nursing education and history will transition from her faculty role on June 30th, 2022.
Penn Nursing’s Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars Program, has been selected for The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program, a month-long residency in Bellagio, Italy. Her residency will take place in 2022.
Barbara Bates Center associate director Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, reflects on the 1918 influenza pandemic’s effects on children and its lessons for today.
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing