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 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 digital collections. To support our efforts individuals can contribute funds, donate personal papers, and volunteer time.
Barbara Bates Center associate director Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, reflects on the 1918 influenza pandemic’s effects on children and its lessons for today.
Epidemics from the Perspective of Professional Nursing: Beyond Germs, Public Health, and Pot Banging
What is the meaning of an epidemic from a nursing perspective? The Barbara Bates Center’s Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, explores this question in a new article in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
A nimble and flexible regulatory response regarding the nursing workforce is essential to a fully integrated public health approach to national crises and pandemics.