American Nursing : A History of Knowledge, Authority, and the Meaning of Work (Paperback)

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This original interpretation of the history of nursing in the United States captures the many ways women reframed the most traditional of all gender expectations---that of caring for the sick---to create new possibilities for themselves, to renegotiate the terms of their life experiences, and to reshape their own sense of worth and power.

For much of modern U.S. history, nursing was informal, often uncompensated, and almost wholly the province of female family and community members. This began to change at the end of the nineteenth century when the prospect of formal training opened doors for women which previously had been closed. Nurses became respected professionals, and being a formally trained nurse granted a woman new social choices and opportunities that eventually translated into economic mobility and stability.

Patricia D'Antonio looks closely at nursing's history using a fresh analytic framework and a rich trove of archival sources. There she finds complex, multiple meanings in the individual choices of women who elected a nursing career. Narrating the experiences of nurses, D'Antonio captures the possibilities, power, and problems inherent in the different ways women defined their work and lived their lives. Scholars in the history of medicine, nursing, and public policy, those interested in the intersections of identity, work, gender, education, and race---and all nurses---will find this a provocative book.

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Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780801895654
SKU 213260260
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0801895650
Release Date 6/7/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
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