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Abbott, P., Wallace, C. (Eds.) (1990). Sociology of the Caring Professions. New York: Falmer Press. HV245.S65 1990
This text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of professions. It covers social work, probation, nursing, midwifery and health visiting and looks at key topics such as control and legal relationships, the relationship of gender and care, and the new managerialism. Covering 1800 to 1990.
Abel-Smith, B. (1960). History of the nursing profession. London: Heinemann. RT11.A6
Traces the history of the nursing profession including such issues as; recruitment, pay, working conditions, war and our changing society. Covering 1800 to 1960.
Abu-Sadd, H. (1979). Nursing a world view. St. Louis, MO: Mosby RT31.A25 1979
Traces the development of the nursing profession throughout history in several countries, comparing practices and standards. Discusses general social conditions especially those affecting the status of women and the role of the nurse in health care delivery systems. Covering earliest times to the present.
Achterberg, J. (1990). Woman as healer. Boston: Shambhala. R692.A24 1990
Shows the progression of woman healers from ancient times in which woman worked as independent and honored healers through the dark age of witch hunts. Discusses the development of midwifery and nursing as woman’s professions in the 19th century and today. Covering 7500 BC to 1990.
Agnew, G. H. (1974). Canadian hospitals, 1920 t0 1970: A dramatic half century. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. RA983.A1A5
Details the changes that have irrevocably altered health care delivery in Canada. Accounts of past conditions and the processes involved in raising the standards of medical education in Canada. Covering 1920 to 1970.
Anderson, P. (1978). Nurse. New York: St. Martin’s Press. RT37.B34 A63 1978
Relates the real-life story of a head nurse’s day-to-day experiences on a medical-surgical floor in a large urban hospital in the U.S. Covering 1975 to 1978.
Apple, R. D. (Ed.). (1990). Women, health and medicine in america: A historical handbook. New York: Garland Publishing. RA564.85.W66 1990
Twenty original essays about women's health and society's changing views. Discusses the definitions of health and disease, orthodox health care, alternative medical care, social and political dynamics of women's health concerns and health care providers.
Covering 1650 to 1990.
Arden, P. (2002). When matron ruled. London: Robert Hale. RT11.A73 2002
Examines the qualities and values that set matron apart as a leader of nurses. Discusses the role of the matron in the past and current plans to bring matrons back. Covering 1850 to 2000.
Aronovitch, B. (1974). Give it time: an experience of Hosptial 1928-1932. London: Andre Deutsch Limted. RA986.A87
The hospital experience from a patients point of view. Covering 1928 to 1932.
Aynes, E. A. (1973). From Nightingale to Eagle: An army nurse’s history. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. RT41.A9
Story of Edith Aynes experiences as an nurse in WWII. Includes references to previous wars. Covering 1929 to 1945.
Baer, E. D., D’Antonio, P., Rinker, S., & Lynaugh, J. E. (Eds.) (2002). Enduring issues in American nursing. New York: Springer Publishing Company. RT4 .E53 2002
Anthology of articles on nursing history addressing such issues as, respect from other professions, lack of independence/autonomy, low-level educational programs, working conditions, poor administration of programs, the meaning of nursing, power and authority in nursing, and nursing knowledge. Talks about the obstacle to develop baccalaureate nursing programs. Covering 1890 to 2000.
Baly, M. E. (1997). Florence Nightingale and the nursing legacy (2nd ed.). London: Whurr.
RT81.G7 B35 1997
Examines the Nightingale Fund and how it was used to finance various experiments in nursing and midwifery training during the mid- to late-19th century. Traces the development of nurses training and the problems that plagued the it’s beginnings. Examines how the new demands of scientific medicine, the emancipation of women, and the growth of women’s education all played their part in building the foundation of modern nursing. Based on archival material and records associated with the Nightingale Fund. Covering 1850 to 1900.
Barritt, E. R. (Ed.). (1975). Florence Nightingale: Her wit and wisdom. Mount Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper Press. RT37.N5 A2
Collection of Florence Nightingale’s sayings on nurses, nursing care, nursing students, health, suffering, women, religion and mysticism. Includes a brief biography about Nightingale, with comments from others about her. Covering 1820 to 1910.
Bates, C., Dodd, D., & Rousseau, N. (Eds.). (2005). On all frontiers: Four centuries of Canadian nursing. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. RT6.A1 O54 2005
An in-depth look at the history of nursing in Canada. Documenting the hardships, challenges, and achievements of Canadian nurses. Illustrated, includes archival photographs. Covering 1600 to 2000.
Baumgart, A.J., & Larsen, J. (Eds.). (1992). Canadian nursing faces the future (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book. RT6.A1 C389 1992
Examines how key issues and trends have affected contemporary Canadian nursing. showing how they have shaped the history, structure, and values of Canadian society. Provides an historical understanding of the major roles played by education and power in the development of nursing options for the future. Explores the paths being taken to make Canadian nursing more responsive to emerging needs and circumstances. Covering the 1700s to the 1990s.
Beamish, R. M. (1970). Fifty years a Canadian nurse: Devotion, opportunities and duty. New York: Vantage Press. RT37.B4 A3 1970
Details the author’s life through her fifty years in nursing. Covers her experiences with nurse training, public health nursing, private duty, and hospital nursing, and her membership in professional and service organizations. Hospitals where she was employed included the Homeopathic Hospital (Rochester, New York), the General and Marine Hospital (St. Catherine’s), Toronto Western Hospital, the Jefferson Memorial Maternity Hospital (Pennsylvania), the General and Marine Hospital (Owen Sound), the Memorial Hospital (St. Thomas), Sarnia General Hospital, and Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. Covering 1916 to 1967.
Benson, E. R. (2001). As we see ourselves: Jewish women in nursing. Indianapolis, IN: Center Nursing Publishing. RT34.B46 2001
Explores Judaic roots in nursing history from a historical and contemporary perspective. Includes a review of Jewish nurses wartime service and the development of the Hadasssah School of Nursing. Covering biblical times to 1990.
Bettmann, O. L. (1956). A pictorial history of medicine: A brief nontechnical survey of the healing arts from Aeculapius to Ehrlich retelling with the aid of select illustrations the lives and deeds of great physicians. Springfield, Ill: Charles C. Thomas. R131.B5
History of medicine through the ages including medical first, inventions, discoveries and curious cures. Covering 2000 BC to1950.
Bradshaw, A. (2001). Nurse apprentice 1860-1977. Burlington, USA: Ashgate. RT11.B73 2001
Examines and analyses the British apprenticeship model of training nurses. Includes the principles of apprenticeship described in Florence Nightingale's writings and the process which led to changing values away from historic vocational tradition.
Covering 1860 to 1977.
Breckinridge, M. (1981). Wide neighborhoods: A story of the Frontier Nursing Service. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. RT37.B72 A3 1981
Autobiography of Mary Breckinridge, founder of the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky. Describes her experiences in childhood, married life and motherhood. Also discussess her relief work in war torn Europe, her training as a nurse-midwife in England, and her establishment of a model system of health care delivery for poor, rural areas in Kentucky. Covering 1881 to 1952.
Brush, B.L., Lynaugh, J.E., Boschma, G., Rafferty, A.M., Stuart, M., & Tomes, N.J. (Eds.). (1999). Nurses of all nations: A history of the International Council of Nurses, 1899-1999. Philadelphia: Lippincott. RT1.N758 1999
Traces the traditions, history, growth, and contributions to the worldwide nursing community of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Focuses on the changing self-image of the ICN, its response to issues of race, class, and gender, the meaning attached to nursing, nursing diplomacy, organizational survival, personal friendships and travel. Covering 1899 to 1999.
Bullough, V., Bullough, B., & Stanton, M.P. (Eds.). (1990). Florence Nightingale and her era: A collection of new scholarship. New York: Garland. RT37.N5 F55 1990
A collection of essays on Florence Nightingale and her contemporaries, from a 20th century perspective. Covers Nightingale’s career and the status and education of women during Nightingale’s generation. As well as the evolution of American nursing and the impact of Nightingale on various religious and secular institutions and organizations. Covering 1850 to 1910.
Campbell, M. F. (1956). The Hamilton General Hospital School of Nursing, 1890-1955. Toronto, ON: Ryerson Press. RT81.O5 C3 1956
Examines the history of the Hamilton General Hospital School of Nursing from 1890-1955. Includes numerous anecdotes from nurses at the school. Provides background information about the growth of the Hamilton General Hospital and its role in providing medical support for immigrants and controlling epidemics. Covering 1890 to 1955.
Carnegie, M. E. (2000). The path we tread: Blacks in nursing worldwide, 1854-1994 (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. RT83.5 .C374 2000
Examines over 140 years of black nurses’ contributions to the field of nursing. Covers their involvement in the military, the struggle for recognition and nursing education. Includes nursing in the Caribbean and Africa. Covering 1854 to 1994.
Castiglioni, A. (1975). A History of medicine. New York: Jason Aronson Inc. R131.C272 1975
History of medicine including the cultural and political influences on its development. Covering 25000 BC to 1920.
Chaska, N. L. (Ed.). (1990). The nursing profession: Turning points. St. Louis, MO: Mosby. RT82.N869 1990
A wide range of articles from within the profession addressing significant nursing concerns involving professionalization, education, research, theory, practice, administration, and the current and anticipated status of the field.
Covering 1860 to 1990.
Chitty, K. K. (Ed.). (2005). Professional nursing: Concepts & challenges. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders. RT82.P755 2005
This text is a summary of numerous professional issues in nursing, with chapters devoted to the history of nursing, Florence Nightingale and the nurse’s role in war times. Current and historical nursing concepts and professional challenges are described. Covering 1859 to 2004.
Cohn, V. (1975). Sister Kenny: The woman who challenged the doctors. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. RT37.K4 C6 1975
Biography of Sister Elizabeth Kenny (1880-1952), an Australian-born nurse who successfully fought male chauvinism in the medical profession to win acceptance of her techniques to combat the crippling effects of polio in young patients. Includes background information about immigration to Australia during the 19th century.
Covering 1880 to 1970s.
Cope, Z. (1958). Florence Nightingale and the doctors. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.
UH347.N6 C64 1958
A study of Florence Nightingale’s attitude towards the medical profession and her relationship to individual doctors. Based on correspondence between Nightingale and doctors, includes extensive excerpts from letters. Explores her influence on certain aspects of medicine, particularly preventative medicine and sanitation.
Covering 1852 to 1910.
Cope, Z. (1961). Six disciples of Florence Nightingale. London: Pitman Medical.
RT34 .C6 1961
Relates the stories of six pioneers in nursing, each of whom was an early student in the Nightingale School and later became a matron of a large hospital.
Covering 1832 to 1888.
Cosbie, W. G. (1975). The Toronto General Hospital, 1819-1965: A chronicle. Toronto: Macmillan. RA983.T6T57
History of the Toronto General Hospital from it’s founding to 1965, listing achievements in medical practice, research and teaching. Covering 1819 to 1965.
Crawford, R. (1972). York County Hospital. Canada: Printrite Graphics. RA983.Y6 R6
History of the York County Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario. Covering 1922 to 1972.
Cumming, K. (1998). Kate: the journal of a confederate nurse. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. E625.C58 1998
Cumming served as a nurse during the civil war on the Confederate side. Along with the descriptions of the fighting, she provides insight into medical practices and hospital systems of the times as well as civilian attitudes toward the war. Covering 1861 to 1865.
Curtin, L. (1996). Nursing into the 21st century. Pennsylvania: Springhouse. RT4.C87 1996
Contemporary and future issues are discussed including; nursing ethics, nursing productivity, leadership, politics, finance, health care reform, empowerment, personalized care and advanced licensure. The author forecasts the future of professional nursing. Covering 1990’s and beyond.
D’Antonio, P., Baer, E. D., Rinker, S. D., & Lynaugh, J. E.(2007). Nurses’ work: Issues across time and place. New York: Springer Publishing Company. RT31.N86 2007
Collection of articles exploring the historical context of social, economic and tecnonological issues in nursing. Covering 1858 to 1990.
Davis, A. T. (1999). Early Black American leaders in nursing: Architects for integration and equality. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. RT83.5 .D38 1999
Highlights three pioneers of nursing who have been admitted into the Nursing Hall of Fame: Mary Eliza Mahoney, Martha Minerva Franklin, and Adah Belle Samuels Thoms. These women sought integration and equality and worked toward upgrading the quality of nursing education and all aspects of employment in practice for Black nurses. Includes nine appendices, with facsimiles of historical documents, including the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. Covering 1800 to 1900.
Deloughery, G. L. (with O’Neil, E. A.). (1977). History and trends of professional nursing (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: C. V. Mosby. RT31.D4 1977
Overview of the history of nursing focusing on four main areas. Ancient times and early history, nursing in American, contemporary nursing and a special section on the legal aspects of nursing. Covering 400 B.C. to 1970
Deloughery, G. L. (Ed.). (1991). Issues and trends in nursing. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book. RT41.I785 1998
Presents an overview of the history and evolution of nursing science and practice, touching on past struggles, issues, controversies, and positive growth. Examines the economic, social, political, cultural, legal, and ethical dynamics that interact to influence health care in general and nursing specifically. Discusses issues related to nursing education, and to nursing practice in rural, urban, and international realms. Presents perspectives and changing images that suggest directions for future growth. Emphasizes the important role nurses can play in effecting change.
Covering the prehistoric period to the 20th century.
Dock, L. L. (1938) Short history of nursing, from the earliest times to the present day. New York: Pullman. RT31 .D59 1938
Examines how cultural, religionous and scientific events have influenced nursing. The emphasis has been placed on issues and trends rather than individuals or countries. Covering 6000 B.C. to 1920.
Dodd, D., & Gorham, D. (1994). Caring and curing: Historical perspectives on women and healing in Ontario. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. R692.C37 1994
Collection of essays on chronicling the sometimes bitter conflicts between women and the male dominated medical profession. Covering 1870 to 1990.
Dolan, J. A. (1963). Goodnow’s history of nursing. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders
RT31. D6 1963
A general background of historic eras, highlighting contributions to the fields of medical and biological sciences and their effect on nursing. Includes illustrations and b&w photographs. Covering primitive times to the 20th century.
Dolan, J.A., & Adams-Smith, W. N. (1978). Health and society: A documentary History of medicine. New York: Seabury Press. R131D64
A study of health and disease through the ages. Covering 1600BC to 1960.
Dolan, J.A., Fitzpatrick, M.L., & Herrmann, E.K. (1983). Nursing in society: A historical perspective (15th ed.). Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders. RT31 .D64 1983
History of nursing covering the evolution, emergence, and expansion of the nursing profession, as depicted against the societal, cultural, religious, and scientific background of history. Covering primitive times to the 1980s.
Donahue, M. P. (1996). Nursing, the finest art: An illustrated history (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book. RT31.D66 1996
Using over 400 photographs and illustrations of fine paintings and objects of art, this book traces the social, political, and economic history of nursing from its origins to the late 20th century. Including major events and important personalities who have shaped the profession. Also contains an extensive bibliography.
Covering primitive times to the 20th century.
Donnelly, G. F., Mengel, A. & Sutterly, D.C. (1980) Nursing system: Issues, ethics and politics. New York: Wiley. RT4.D66
Examines key issues in the development of nursing as a profession, health care practices, education, feminst movement and nursing theorists.
Covering Middle ages to 1980.
Dossey, B. M. (2000). Florence Nightingale: Mystic, visionary, healer. Springhouse, PA: Springhouse. RT 37.N5D67 2000
Biography of Florence Nighteingale, includes illustrations photographs and letters.
Covering 1820 to 1910.
Duke, M.(1991). The development of medical techniques and treatments: from leeches to heart surgery. Madison, Conn: International Universities Press.
Drescribes medical discoveries, observations and the evolution of medical instruments. Covering 2000 BC to 1990.
Farmborough, F. (2000). With the armies of the Tsar: a nurse at the Russian front in war and revolution, 1914-1918. New York: Cooper Square Press. D640.F287
Diary of an English governess who volunteered with the Red Cross during the Russian Revolution. Includes photographs, maps and illustrations. Covering 1914 to 1918.
Franklin, R. (2005). Nightingale sisters: The making of a nurse in 1800’s America. Burgess Hill, West Sussex, England: Diggory Press. RT79.F73 2005
This book reprints magazine articles from the 1800’s. Specifically dealing with the foundation of Bellevue Nurse Training School and Hospital, as well as the Connecticut School for Nurses. The articles reveal details about the society and lifestyles of the day, giving us an insight to the era. Includes personal accounts and illustrations.
Covering 1882 to 1895
Gass, C. (2000). War diary of Clare Gass 1915-1918. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. D630.G38 A3 2000
Dairy of Clare Gass’s daily life while a lieutenant and nursing sister in the medical corps during WW I. A colleague of Dr. John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields, Gass records her experiences in the European theater of war. Includes photographs. Covering 1915 to 1918.
Gill, G. (2005). Nightingales: The extraordinary upbringing and curious life of Miss Florence Nightingale.New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks. RT37.N5G556 2005
Biography of Florence Nightingale. Covering the 1800’s.
Gibbon, J.M., & Matthewson, M.S. (1947) Three centuries of Canadian nursing. Toronto, ON: Macmillan. RT6.A1G5 1947
History of Canadian nursing beginning with the pioneering sisterhoods. Provides background information on the economic, social and living conditions affecting the growing country. Includes information on the development of Canadian hospitals, nursing organizations and nursing specialization in the provinces.
Covering 1600 to 1940.
Griffin, G.J., & Griffin, J.K. (1973) History and trends of professional nursing. St. Louis, MO: Mosby. RT31.G74 1973
Historical background of nursing discussing the evolution of nursing as a profession. Examines world developments as they relate to the formation of nursing as a profession, including The Crusades, The Renaissance, Reformation and the Industrial Revolution. Covering 480 B.C. to 1970.
Griffiths, M. (2000). Straight from the heart: Tales of tragedy and triumph from the nurses of the Australian outback. East Roseville, NSW, Australia: Simon & Schuster.
RT15 .G74 2000
History of nurses who have worked for the Flying Doctor Service in Australia since its establishment in 1928. Presents the trials and tribulations of nurses as they battled personal and professional isolation, harsh conditions and danger. Covering 1920 to 2000.
Growe, S. J. (1991). Who cares?: The crisis in Canadian nursing. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart. T6.A1 G7 1991
An intimate portrait of the nurses' world by a Maritime nurse with nine years' experience. Focuses on the problems nurses faced when the health care system was in crisis during the 1980s. Includes some historical information about nursing.
Covering 1600 to 1990.
Gruber von Arni, E. (2001). Justice to the maimed soldier: Nursing, medical care and welfare for sick and wounded soldiers and their families during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1642-1660. Aldershot, England: Ashgate. UH258.2 .G78 2001
Argues that both sides involved in the civil wars that ravaged the British Isles during the mid-seventeenth century made concerted efforts to provide medical care for their sick and wounded troops. Analyzes the effectiveness of the welfare systems set up by both the Parliamentarian and Royalist causes. Based on archival sources.
Covering 1642 to 1660.
Hastings, P. (1974). Medicine: An international history. London: Benn. R131.H25
Examines the development of medicine and medical devices. Covering 4,000BC to 1970.
Hezekiah, J. (2001). Breaking the glass ceiling: The stories of three Caribbean nurses. Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. RT34 .H48 2001
Documents the achievements of three female leaders in Caribbean nursing who gained both regional and international recognition: Dame Nita Barrow of Barbados, Berenice Dolly of Trinidad and Tobago, and Dr. Mary Sievwright of Jamaica. A feminist and colonialist theoretical perspective is used for the exploration of the political, social and economic structures of Caribbean society. Covering 1940 to 1990.
Huxley, E. J. G. (1975). Florence Nightingale. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
RT37.N5 H86 1975
Biography of Florence Nightingale founder of the modern nursing profession, focusing on Nightingale’s contradictory personality. Includes contemporary photographs and illustrations. Covering 1818 to 1910.
Jamieson, E., Sewall, M.F., & Suhrie, E.B. (1966) Trends in nursing history: Their social, international and ethical relationships. Philadelphia: Saunders. RT31.J3 1966
World view of the history of nursing from the earliest times. Contains chapters on early Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Chinese medicine. Examines the effect that religion, society and science has had on the development of nursing throughout the centuries. Covering 5000 B.C. to 1960.
Jensen, D.M., (1969). Jensen’s history and trends of professional nursing. St. Louis MO: Mosby. RT31.J4 1969
A study of nursing history from antiquity to the mid 20th century. Discusses the establishment of nursing schools and the expansion of nursing. Contains a overview of nursing practices, organizations and the professional status of nursing. Includes legal and international information. Covering 3000 BC to 1960
Kalisch, P.A., & Kalisch, B.J. (1995). The Advance of American nursing. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott RT4.K34 1995
History of nursing in the United States contains references to the earliest times with discussions on the economic, cultural, demographic and technological influences that have shaped health care in the U.S. Includes illustrations and archival photographs. Covering the 1800 to 1990.
Kerr, J.R., & MacPhail, J. (1996). Concepts in Canadian nursing. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book. RT6.A1 K48 1996
Focuses on unique aspects of Canadian nursing providing fundamental information about issues in clinical nursing, the Canadian health care system, legal and ethical issues in Canadian nursing practice, research-based practice, and primary health care. Covering 1600 to 1996.
Knowles, V. (1981). Leaving with a red rose: A history of the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing. Ottawa: Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association. RT81.C32 O85 1981
Chronicles the growth of the School of Nursing and of the three earlier institutions from which the Ottawa Civic Hospital evolved. Focuses on the changing role of the student nurse and on the effect of radical curriculum changes during the 1960s and 1970s. Highlights the evolution of nursing as a profession and the roles of key individuals at the school. Covering 1912 to 1980.
Landells, E. A. (Ed.). (1995). The Military nurses of Canada: Recollections of Canadian Military Nurses. White Rock, BC: Co-Publishing. UH495 .C3 M54 1995
Compilation of almost 200 personal recollections of Canadian military nurses from World War I to 1995. Includes a history of the beginning of Canadian military nursing during the 1885 North West Rebellion. Covering 1885 to 1995.
MacDermot, H. E. (1961). History of the School for Nurses of the Montreal General Hospital. Montreal: Alumnae Association. RT81.M8 M2
Provides a history of the School of Nursing of the Montreal General Hospital, as well as an account of the growth of the hospital itself. Includes several appendixes, including one with excerpts from the letters of Nora Livingstone, founder of the school.
Covering 1816 to 1961.
Miller, G. L. (2000). Mustard plasters and handcars: Through the eyes of a Red Cross Outpost nurse. Toronto: Natural Heritage Books. RT37.M54 A3 2000
Relates the story of Gertrude LeRoy Miller’s years as a nurse-in-residence in the Red Cross Outpost Hospital in an isolated northern rural village in Ontario. Describes Miller’s experiences with the land, people, weather and challenging assignment.
Covering 1920 to1930.
Mackay, P., Wasson, D., Handren, L., March, B., Thorne, A., & Huestis, F. (n.d.). History of the Saint John General Hospital and School of Nursing, 1955-1972. Saint John, NB: Saint John General Hospital. RA983.S3 S35 1972
Booklet describing events and changes in organization and physical facilities, of the Saint John General Hospital and it’s School of Nursing. Includes photos of staff members, a chronological table of events and lists of the graduating classes of the Nursing School. Covering 1955 to 1972.
Maggs, C. J. (1983). The origins of general nursing. London: Croom Helm. RT31 .M34 1985
Studies the first generation of general hospital nurses in England who emerged from their training hospitals between 1881 and 1914 and their impact on the nursing profession. Focuses on nurses’ experiences with recruitment, training, post-training, and contemporary opinions about nurses. Covering the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Mansell, D.J. (2003). Forging the future: A history of nursing in Canada. Michigan. Thomas Press. RT6.A1 M32 2004
An investigation into the overall development of nursing in Canada. Critical insight into the historical character and current state of the nursing profession. Revealing how a select group of women occupied key leadership roles and used their influence to set in place the fundamental definition of nursing in Canada. Covering 1870 to 2000.
Marshall, H. E. (1972). Mary Adelaide Nutting: Pioneer of modern nursing. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. RT37.N87 M37 1972
Biography of Mary Adelaide Nutting, a devoted nurse, a inspiring teacher, and a leader in her profession in Canada. Covering 1858 to 1948.
McEwen, Y. (2006). It’s a long way to Tipperary: British and Irish nurses in the Great War. Dunfermline, Scotland: Cualann Press. D629 .G7 M235 2006
Explores the work, health and deaths of nurses in WWI in the context of the social and political climate of the times. Covering 1914 to 1918.
McPherson, K. (1996). Bedside matters: The transformation of Canadian nursing, 1900-1990. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. RT6.A1 M36 1996
Focusing on the daily routines of “ordinary nurses”, traces four generations of Canadian nurses. Explores changes in who became nurses, what work they performed, and how they organized to defend their occupational interests. Covers the apprenticeship method of the early twentieth century to the present day restructuring of hospital work, with information on how the position of nurses within the health-care system has been structured by class, gender, and ethnic and racial relations. Based on archival records and oral histories. Covering 1900 to 1990.
Mitchell, P R., & Grippando, G.M. (1993). Nursing perspectives and issues (5th ed.). Albany, NY: Delmar. RT82 .M56 1993
Discusses current issues impacting nursing including education, the role of nurses (civilian and military), opportunities for employment and professional growth, staffing shortages, high-acuity patients, high-technology equipment, the multitude of new medications, accessibility to health care and the rising costs of liability insurance. Includes information about the historical influences on nursing.
Covering primitive times to the 1990s.
Mortimer, B., & McGann, S. (2005). New directions in the history of nursing. New York: Routledge. RT31.N49 2005
A collection of essays reflecting on the current interdisciplinary and international nature of nursing. Examines the complex social and ethical issues between the nurse/patient when careers move from one culture to another. Draws on research from eleven different counties. Covering 1700 to 2000.
Murry, V.V. (1970). Nursing in Ontario: A study for the Committee on the Healing Arts. Toronto: Queen’s Printer. RT6.O5A4
Discusses issues and problems encountered by the nursing profession including the quality of nurses’ education, nursing storages, staff turnover rates and comparisons of nursing departments. Covering 1960 to 1970.
Mussallem, H. K. (1965). Nursing education in Canada. Ottawa: Royal Commission on Health Services. RT81.C3 M8 1965
Results of a study of nursing education in Canada undertaken for the Royal Commission of Health Services in 1962. Focuses primarily on educational programs designed to prepare nurses for provincial registration, but includes information about all types of formal education programs for personnel providing nursing care. Proposes changes in the education of nursing personnel and the structure of the educational system. Includes an overview of the history of nursing education in Canada.
Covering 1600 to 1960s.
Nicholson, G. W. L. (1975). Canada's nursing sisters. Toronto: A.M. Hakkert. UH495.C2 N5 1975
An account of the contributions made by Canada's military nursing sisters, told by one of Canada's leading military writers. Historical Publication 13 of the Canadian War Museum (National Museum of Man). Includes 79 photographs. Covering 1885 to 1975.
Nicholson, G. W. L. (1967). The White Cross in Canada: A history of St.John’s Ambulance. Montreal: Harvest House. RA996.C3S35
Includes a brief early history of how the service began with a comprehensive history of the work of St. John’s in Canada. Covering 600AD to 1960.
Nightingale, F. (1946). Notes on nursing: What it is, and what it is not. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott. RT40 .N5 1946
Outspoken writings by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Describes fundamental aspects of caring for the sick that applies to all nursing. Includes timeless topics such as ventilation, noise, food, bed and bedding, light, cleanliness, and observation of the sick. Covering the mid-19th century.
Nolan, P. (1993). A History of mental health nursing. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes. RC440.N65 1993
Traces the history of mental health nursing from keeper to nurse. Highlights the
pioneering efforts of those who provide care. Covering 13th -20th century.
Norman, E. M. (1990). Women at war: The story of fifty military nurses who served in Vietnam. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. DS559.8 W6 N67 1990
Documents the experiences of nurses at war including air, land and sea services. Deals with how they coped while under attack and offers an insight to their personal and social lives. Covering 1945 to 1975
Nursing in Canada 1986. (1986). Ottawa: Statistics Canada. RT6.A1 N867 1986
Statistical analysis of the nursing profession including; enrolments, graduations, distributions of nurse educators and socio-economics characteristic of registered nurses in Canada. Covering 1986.
Nursing reflections: A century of caring. (2000). St. Louis: Mosby. RT31.N89 2000
Photo essay book portraying nursing in the 20th century. Includes pictures of nurses at work in a wide variety of settings. Covering 1900 to 1999.
O’Lynn, C. E. & Tranbarger, R. E. (2007). Men in nursing: history, challenges and opportunities. New York: Springer Publishing. RT41.M46 2007
Addresses the isolation men fell as nurse and discusses the historical role made have played in shaping the nursing profession. Covering 1500 to 2000.
Penney, S. (1996). A century of caring, 1897-1997: The history of the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada. Ottawa: VON Canada. RT98 .V476 1996
Presents the continuous history of VON in the context of the history of Canadian society. Examines the struggle of Canadian woman for equal status, the changing philosophy of public health and social service, the effects of two world wars and the Great Depression on health care, the advent of Medicare, and the introduction of new medical technologies. Includes photographs. Covering 1897 to 1997.
Piersdorff, K. (n.d.). “I'd quit if I had time”: The story of the Quo Vadis School of Nursing. Toronto: Quo Vadis Alumni Association. RT81.C32 E86 1990
Chronicles the rise and fall of the Quo Vadis School of Nursing in Toronto. Explains how the School helped alleviate the shortage of active nurses in Ontario by training mature adults (primarily women) in nursing as a second career. Discusses the school’s philosophy, objectives, curriculum, and individual class years. Covering 1964 to 1982.
Rafferty, A.M., Robinson, J., & Elkan, R. (Eds.). (1997). Nursing history and the politics of welfare. London: Routledge. RT31 .N864 1996
Examines nursing as it has developed under different regimes and ideologies and at different times around the world. Highlights the role of politics and gender in understanding nursing history. Proposes strategies for achieving greater recognition for nursing, and bringing it into line with other related health care professions.
Covering 1788 to the 1990s.
Roberts, J.I., & Group, T.M. (1995). Feminism and nursing: An historical perspective on power, status, and political activism in the nursing profession. Westport, CT: Praeger.
RT86.5 .R63 1995
Comprehensive review of the history of the nursing profession while examining the relationship between gender and professional roles, the effects of sex discrimination on the nursing profession, and the development and evolution of nursling’s feminist consciousness through the 19th and 20th centuries. Discusses leaders in the profession, with regard to their social reform, political, and feminist activities.
Covering 1850 to 1995.
Roberts, M. M. (1954). American nursing: History and interpretation. New York: Macmillan. RT4.R6
Discusses various movements in nursing history with a brief background chapter on the beginnings of nursing. Tracts the growth of nursing services and education and , examines the of influence of two major wars. Covering 1900 to 1950.
Robinson, T. M., & Perry, P. M. (2001). Cadet nurse stories: The call for and response of women during World War II. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma theta Tau International Honor society of Nursing, Center Nursing Press. RT4.R625 2001
Details the contributions of the women recruiting into the Nurse Corps during WWII. Covering 1943 to 1948.
Ross-Kerr, J. C. (1998). Prepared to care: Nurses and nursing in Alberta, 1859-1996. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press. RT6.A3K47 1998
Follows the development in Alberta of public health nursing, district nursing, the evolution of nursing as a professional discipline, nursing education, and organized nursing through the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses. Shows how social, political, and economic forces and remarkable medical advances have affected nursing. Covering the mid-1800s to the end of the 20th century.
Ross-Kerr, J., & Wood, M. J. (2003). Canadian nursing: Issues and perspectives. Toronto: Elsevier Science Canada. RT6.A1 K47 2003
Examines major issues and trends affecting contemporary Canadian nursing from the early development of the nursing profession in Canada to the major changes of the past decade. Probes key topics such as gender, the changing image of nurses, theoretical foundations of modern nursing, and nursing research. Discusses crucial topics in the delivery of nursing care, such as quality improvement, case management and the work force pendulum, legal and ethical issues, and the impact of health care reform and downsizing. Covering 1600 to 2003.
Royce, M. (1983). Eunice Dyke, health care pioneer: From pioneer public health nurse to advocate for the aged. Toronto: Dundurn Press. RT37.D9 R6 1983
Focuses on the work of Eunice Dyke (1883-1969), first Superintendent of Public Health Nurses in the Toronto Department of Public Health. Includes sketches of Toronto’s efforts toward health control in the 19th century, and the role of the tuberculosis nurse (antecedent of the public health nurse). Covering 1850 to 1969.
Runnalls, J. L. (1974). A century with the St. Catherines General Hospital. St.Catherines, ON: St. Catherines General Hospital. RA983.S2R85
History of St. Catherines General Hospital. Covering 1865 to 1965.
Rushton, P., Callister, L.C., & Wilson, M.K. (Eds.). (2005). Latter-Day Saint nurses at war: A story of caring and sacrifice. Provo, UT. Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. BX8693.L38 2005
Contains first hand experiences of religious nurses in the theatre of war. Includes information from the WWI to the Iraq war. Covering 1914 to 2003.
Ryan, M. P. (1975). Womanhood in America: From Colonial times to the present. New York: New Viewpoints. RT1410 R9
Discusses the role of women in the early settlement of America. Examines the political, economic and medical contributions women made by women.
Covering 1600 to 1970.
Sandelowski, M. (2000). Devices & desires: Gender, technology, and American nursing. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. RT42.S26 2000
Traces the relationship between nursing and technology. Examines how technology has been a crucial factor in shaping dilemmas in nursing and how it has both advanced and impeded the development of the profession. Describes key moments in the history of nursing that dramatize the ironies of the nursing-technology relationship. Suggests that nursing provides an ideal site in which to examine gender roles as a condition for and consequence of technological innovation. Covering 1870 to 2000.
Schorr, T. M. (1999). 100 years of American nursing: Celebrating a century of caring. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. RT4.S375 1999
An illustrated volume chronicling the dynamic connection between the nursing profession and the general public. Uses over 400 photographs and anecdotes from the AJN, the American Red Cross and other repositories of nursing history to highlight the nurse’s struggle for change. Highlighting the transition from handmaiden to specialist, hospital training programs to graduate education, and from apprenticeship to evidence-based practice and teaching. Eighteen contemporary nursing leaders add their insightful perspectives on issues that have affected the nursing profession throughout this century. Describing the economic, demographic, sociological and technological forces that shaped nursing. Covering 1900 to 1990.
Scott, J. K., Kieser, J. E. (Eds.). (2002). Northern nurses: True nursing adventures from Canada's north. Oakville, ON: Kokum. RT6.A1 N67 2002
Presents the stories, anecdotes, and experiences of healthcare workers (mostly nurses) working in remote northern Canadian locations. Covering 1950 to 2000.
Scriverner, L. , Barnes, J. S. (2002). Biographical dictionary of women healers: Midwives, nurses and physicians. Westport, Conn.: Oryx Press. R692.S38 2002
Summarizes the lives of 240 influencial women healers. Covering 1600 to 2000.
The seventh decade, 1969-1980. (1981). Ottawa: Canadian Nurses Association.
RT6 .C32 1981
Focuses on the most important developments within the Canadian Nurses Association during the 1970s, as well as its influence and impact on the Canadian health care scene in areas such as nursing education, practice, administration, and research.
Covering 1969 to 1980.
Seymer, L. (1960). Florence Nightingale's nurses: The Nightingale Training School, 1860-1960. London: Pitman Medical. RT81.G7 S4 1960
Explores the history of the Nightingale Training School, including the role of the Nightingale Fund Council in the school’s development. Describes nurse training techniques and lifestyles, and the development of offshoots of the school in other countries. Covering 1855 to 1960.
Sitzman, K., & Eichelberger, L. W. (2004). Understanding the work of nurse theorists: A creative beginning. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. RT84.5.S54 2004
Presents essential definitions and basic concepts for undergraduate nursing theory students. Provides a brief overview of the most common nursing theories, showing how they are relevant to present and future nursing practice. Includes suggestions for art-based learning activities to illustrate the concepts presented in the text.
Covering 1850 to 2004.
Shryock, R.H. (1959). History of nursing: An interpretation of the social and medical factors involved. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders . RT31.S45 1959
Reflections on the influence society has had on the the practice of medicine and the nursing profession throughout the centuries. Examines how ideas and traditions have shaped modern nursing practices. Covering primitive times to 1950.
Small, H. (1998). Florence Nightingale: Avenging angel. New York: St. Martin’s Press. RT37.N5S56 1999
Biography of Florence Nightingale revealing her personality and achievements.
Covering 1820 to 1910.
Smout, C. F. V. (1964). The Story of the progress of medicine. Bristol: John Wright & Sons. R131.S57
History of medicine in non-technical terms discussing the influences culture, war, religion and society on the development medicine. Covering 4,000 BC to 1950.
Snodgrass, M.E. (1999) Historical encylopedia of nursing. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO.
The story of nursing from Roman times to the present focusing on significant events, eras of conflict, social change, treatment innovations, landmark institutions, champions of women's health and the evolution of military nursing. Covers important individuals, key nursing concepts, famous breakthroughs, historical eras, abortion pros and cons, hospices, midwifery, native healers and hospital ships. Includes a timeline of landmarks in nursing history and numerous biographies of healthcare pioneers and activists. Covering 3000 B.C. to 2000.
Stewart, P. (1973). Florence Nightingale. London: Wayland. RT37.N5 S8 1973
Examines the life of Florence Nightingale, through illustrations and photographs. Discusses her early life, r experiences in the Crimean War (1854-56), and her attempts to improve hospital conditions and nurses’ training. Covering 1815 to 1910.
Street, M. M. (1973). Watch-fires on the mountains: The life and writings of Ethel Johns. Toronto, ON.: University of Toronto Press. RT37.J6S7
Biography of Ethel Johns, a pioneer nurse in western Canada. Details her involvement in nursing affairs at the local, national and international level. Covering 1879 to 1944.
Sullivan, K. , Lang-Runtz, H. & Schofield, T. (1999). Compassionate journey: 40 years of ONHA. Markham, ON: Ontario Nursing Home Association. RA998.C3C64 1999
Evolution of the association and development of the long term care sector in Ontario. Lists major milestones which have shaped the associations history.
Covering 1959 to 1999.
Thompson, J. D., & Goldein, G. (1975). The Hospital: a social and architectural history. London: Yale University Press. RA967.T5
Detailed examination of the social, medical and cultural values of the time in which hospital were built. Covering 400AD to 1960.
A war nurse’s diary: Sketches from a Belgian Field hospital. (2005). Burgess Hill, West Sussex, U.K.: Diggory Press D629.G7W37 2002
Account of a Red Cross volunteer nurse’s experiences during WWI.
Covering 1944 to 1918.
Warner, A. (2005). Nurse at the trenches. Burgess Hill, West Sussex, U.K.: Diggory Press.
Letters home written by a nurse on the French front during WWI.
Covering 1914 to 1918.
Wieck, K. L. (2003). Stories for nurses: Acts of caring. St. Louis, MO: Mosby. RT34 .W49 2003
Personal stories about the challenges, triumphs and joy of nursing, with an emphasis on the contributions and differences that nurses make in our lives.
Covering 1970 to 2003.
Woodham-Smith, C. (1950). Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910. London: Constable.
UH347.N6 W6 1950
Biography of Florence Nightingale with extensive descriptions of her work with royal commissions, her repeated struggles with bureaucracies, and the vulnerability of her work to changes of government. Includes quotes from her correspondence.
Covering 1820 to 1910.
Wright, H., Rapport, S. (Eds.). (1960). Great adventures in nursing. New York: Harper & Row. RT34.W7
Anecdotes, stories and personal narratives about nursing in remote, primitive and dangerous conditions. Sections devoted to nursing in war zones and battlefields. Covering 1850 to 1950.
Kaufman, M. (Ed.). (1988). Dictionary of American medical biography. New York: Greenwood Press. REF RT34 .D53 1988
Biographical profile of persons who were important in the advancement of American nursing. A large number of biographies focus on women who contributed to the development of military nursing, as well as nurse-educators and nurse administrators. Covering 1850 to 1987.
Nutting, A.M., & Dock, L.L. (2000). History of nursing. Bristol, England: Thoemmes Press.
REF RT31 .N95 2000
A four volume set dealing with both American and English nursing history. The first and second volumes cover the evolution of nursing systems, tracing its development from earliest times to the founding of the first English and American nursing schools. Volumes three and four are notable for the special reference to Florence Nightingale and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Contains illustrations of nursing uniforms. From the earliest times to 1912.
Ryten, E. (1997). Statistical picture of the past, present and future of registered nurses in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Nurses Association. REF RT86.75.C2R97 1997
Statistical analysis and demographic characteristics of the registered nursing employee pool. Looks at trends in employment, labour force behavior, education and training of nurses. Covering 1985 to 2010.
VIDEOS (In Library Use)
An overview of the history of American nursing. By Margaret Christensen. RT4.O78 2003
Angels of Mercy. By John Tarzwell. UH495.C2A53 1994
A tradition of excellence. By College of Nurses of Ontario. RT6.O5 T7
Nursing theory, a circle of knowledge. By National League for Nursing. RT84.5.N893
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