Nursing Rural America: Perspectives from the Early 20th Century

Nursing Rural America: Perspectives from the Early 20th Century

By: Arlene W. Keeling (author), John C. Kirchgessner (author)Paperback

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Tracing the history of nursing in rural America during the first half of the 20th century, this well-researched book describes how nurses shaped health care delivery in a variety of rural environments, and analyzes how insights from their remarkable achievements in the face of formidable barriers can be applied to health care today. The book examines the multiple factors that influenced how and why nurses responded to the health care needs of rural residents, with coverage of Rural Nursing in the advent of the American Red Cross, to Mary Breckinridge and her legendary Frontier Nursing Service. Through case histories, it depicts how nurses, working in the hinterlands of place, race, class, and ethnicity, broke geographic, cultural, and economic barriers to provide quality care.Based on nine case studies throughout rural America, the book identifies how nursing care was delivered to rural communities during the first five decades of the 20th century (before the advent of Medicare and Medicaid), and analyzes the impact of gender, class, race, policy, and place on rural health care delivery. It describes how nurses used ingenuity and self-reliance in order to practice to the full extent of their education, and explains how they provided access to care and health education in the face of many barriers. The book also highlights nurses' advocacy for their often disenfranchised patients, and examines how we can learn from their achievements to provide quality health care today.

About Author

John C. Kirchgessner, PhD, RN, PNP, is Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, USA. He is a prominent nurse historian whose research and scholarship focus on the history of American health care and nursing, particularly the work of nurses who provided care to West Virginia coal miners and their families. He was Director of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, where he was recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education. Dr. Kirchgessner is also an experienced author, notably as co-author of The Voice of Professional Nursing Education: A 40-Year History of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He has also authored numerous clinical and historical journal articles, and contributed to a number of texts. Dr. Kirchgessner's research has been presented at international and national research meetings.Arlene W. Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia, USA; Director, The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Historical Inquiry, University of Virginia; and Chair of the Acute and Specialty Care Department. She has served as President of the American Association for the History of Nursing and is currently Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Nursing History of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Keeling has received a variety of awards, including an AJN Book of the Year Award for Rooted in the Mountains (2012), and a Post-Doc Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. She also received the 2012 Mary Roberts Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing, for Nurses on the Front Lines (2010, Springer Publishing). Her writing has been published in dozens of journals articles, and she has co-authored and contributed to numerous clinical and historical texts.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826196149
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780826196149
  • ISBN10: 0826196144

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