In Making Room in the Clinic, Julie Fairman examines the context in which the nurse practitioner movement emerged, how large political and social movements influenced it, and how it contributed to the changing definition of medical care. Drawing on primary source material, including interviews with key figures in the movement, Fairman describes how this evolution helped create an influential foundation for health policies that emerged at the end of the twentieth century, including health maintenance organizations, a renewed interest in health awareness and disease prevention, and consumer-based services.
Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Chair, Graduate Faculty of the School of Nursing, Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, and sits on the University of Pennsylvania's Council of Chairs of the Graduate Faculty. Honors include being named Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of Nursing and, as a noted nurse historian, receiving fellowships from NEH and NLM. Her work on the history of critical care also earned her awards from the American Association of the History of Nursing and her first book, Critical Nursing: A History, received favorable reviews in national/regional popular press and in professional journals. Her research has been utilized by members of Congress and other policy-making bodies such as the Ministry of Health, New Zealand.