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.
Feb19Few historical accounts about HIV-AIDS have comprehensively interrogated how the disease factored in the lives of American children and the nurses that cared for them. This Bates Center seminar shows how nurses, grandmothers, foster parents, foster care facilities, and other health care professionals comprised a network of care that helped treat children with AIDS in the years before the development of effective antiretroviral therapies.
The spring 2020 seminar series offers an exciting lineup of prominent scholars who will present new historical scholarship.
Nursing historian Patricia D’Antonio of the University of Pennsylvania discusses nurses’ role in advocating for public health reforms and social change on NPR’s The Pulse, with Maiken Scott.
The Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing is collaborating with the School of Humanities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University to explore the development of nursing in China.