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About us

The overall mission of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing is to thoughtfully analyze the past in order to create and foster new ideas for the future while simultaneously promoting Penn Nursing’s vision to advance nursing science and produce leaders that will transform healthcare globally. 

The Bates Center is committed to providing the broadest and highest quality educational programs and is equally committed to disseminating research findings through conferences, publications, and interdisciplinary sharing and collaborations.

By these means, the Center dedicates itself to a leadership role in advancing the public’s knowledge of the history of nursing and healthcare.

The goals of the Center are to:

  • Facilitate the production and dissemination of the history of nursing and healthcare
  • Offer education in nursing and healthcare history though course offerings at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and through work with visiting fellows
  • Maintain a unique and rich repository of documents, images, and other materials, preserve those materials, and participate in the archival community