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Nursing History Book Club:

Remembering Yesterday. Celebrating Today. Enlightening Tomorrow.

The World Health Organization has announced 2020 as the Year of the Nurse honoring the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale on May 12, 2020. Let us learn more about the nurses of the past who pioneered the profession into what we experience as nursing today.

We will start in the mid-19th century with Nightingale’s perspective on proper nursing care, move to the turn of the
20th century to historically examine the difficulties nursing faces today due to its obligation to care in a society that does not value caring, and then end with the nurse practitioner movement of the 1960s and 1970s, just before the launch of the new nurse practitioner DNP programs.

The book club is open to faculty, staff, and students across campus as well as community members so please spread the word! Feel free to come to just one or all three! (Download a PDF flyer)

Books and Dates

  • Notes on Nursing: What it is and what it is not by Florence Nightingale
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    5 p.m.
    McNeill Hall 3084
  • Ordered to Care: The dilemma of American Nursing 1850-1945 by Susan Reverby
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    5 p.m.
    McNeill Hall 3084
  • Making Room in the Clinic: Nurse Practitioners and the Evolution of Modern Healthcare by Julie Fairman
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    5 p.m.
    McNeill Hall 3084

*Each individual is responsible to borrow or buy the book, read it, and then come to the book club meeting on the noted date/time.


Those planning to attend, please email Dr. April Matthias at