A nimble and flexible regulatory response regarding the nursing workforce is essential to a fully integrated public health approach to national crises and pandemics.
For over 25 years the Barbara Bates Center for The Study of the History of Nursing has offered fellowships and research awards of up to $4,000 to support: residence at the Center, ongoing collaboration with nurse historians, and historical research in nursing.
Using pediatric patient records housed at the National Library of Medicine, Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN explores the transformation wrought by the sulfonamides in medical and nursing practice at Baltimore’s Sydenham Hospital.
In the early 1900s, tuberculosis was a major public health crisis and one of the tactics used to keep children from getting TB was open air schools. Fast forward a hundred years to the coronavirus pandemic, and there are some interesting parallels between the public health response then, and efforts now to stay safe and stay healthy. Dr. Cindy Connolly, associate director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, talks about the history of open air schools and the similarities and differences in how we fight disease both now and 100 hundred years ago.
Cindy Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN, was interviewed in Circulating Now as part of her talk, “New Drugs, Old Problems: The Sulfonamide Revolution and Children’s Health Care Delivery in the United States, 1933–1949,” at the National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division.