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Book Displays: 11.23 History of Nursing

NNLM Traveling Exhibit

Lamar Soutter Library will be hosting a traveling exhibit Pictures of Nursing from the National Library of Medicine from November 13 to December 23, 2023.

Print Books

Images of nurses : perspectives from history, art, and literature by Anne Hudson Jones

Call Number: History WY 11.1 I31 1988

ISBN: 9780812280784

Publication Date: 1988

Explores the ways in which nurses have been and are being portrayed, how these portrayals are related to reality, and how they reflect historical and contemporary conflicts about women's roles. Several contributors also examine the effect such portrayals have on nurses themselves and on current issues in the nursing profession.


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the nursing profession : shared values, shared legacy by Joan E Lynaugh, Sigma Theta Tau International

Call Number: Main WY 11.1 W1105 2007

ISBN: 9781930538528

Publication Date: 2007

This book, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, provides a detailed account of the interplay between a philanthropy focused on investing its resources in people and a professional field whose mission is caring for people. Combining an in-depth study by distinguished nursing historian Joan E. Lynaugh with frank, firsthand accounts by past foundation program directors, this review of the historical connection between the nursing profession and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is intended to inform both nursing and the philanthropic community.


A fit, fighting force : the Air Force Nursing Services chronology by Mary C Smolenski (Mary Catherine) (Author), Donald G Smith Jr.,(Author), James Nanney (Author), United States. Department of the Air Force. Office of the Surgeon General (Issuing body)

Publication Date: 2005

Since the Air Force Nurse Corps emerged from the Army Nurse Corps in July 1949, Air Force nursing service personnel have excelled in providing dedicated care to their customers. At first these customers were our own Air Force members, families, and retirees. Today we often provide nursing care to other federal employees, Americans in the private sector, and patients in countries around the world. Nevertheless, over the last fifty-five years the mission of the Air Force Medical Service has basically remained the same, “to provide medical support necessary to maintain the highest degree of combat readiness and effectiveness of the USAF,” or in today’s words, “to maintain a fit, fighting force.” Air Force nurses have contributed to this mission in both wartime and peacetime, providing leadership, caring, and quality care. Air Force nurses think of their customer- focused mission as a combination of “Global Nursing” and “Precision Care.” As we enter the new millennium, this chronology reminds us of our past and recognizes the tremendous milestones and accomplishments of those who came before us—role models who provided the mentorship and guidance that helped shape today’s Air Force nurses. We are also inspired by our vision for the future—the Total Nursing Force, a seamless interaction of Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and civilian nurses to provide the best in nursing care. In the future our Total Nursing Force will face many challenges and great opportunities. I am certain we will add exciting new chapters to our story and continue our legacy of devoted service to our nation.

Answering the call : the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919 : a commemorative tribute to military nursing in World War I by Lisa M Budreau (Lisa Mary), Richard M Prior (Editor)

Publication Date: 2008

Gathered here for the first time is a rare and carefully chosen collection that depicts the rich and varied experiences of Army nurses during the First World War as recorded by the U.S. Army Signal Corps photographers.

Sisters in arms : women in the British Armed Forces during the Second World War by Jeremy A Crang

ISBN: 9781139004190

Publication Date: 2020

During the First World War various independent women's organisations assisted the armed forces. These included such bodies as the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), which ran an ambulance service, and the Women's Legion, which deployed cookery and motor transport sections. Faced, however, with a manpower crisis as a result of the casualties on the western front, the military authorities were forced to establish their own official uniformed women's auxiliary services with the aim of combing out non-combatant servicemen who were fit for frontline service. The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was established in March 1917, the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in November 1917 and the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) in April 1918 - the latter being created on the same day as the RAF. The members of these women's services retained their civilian status and performed mainly 'feminine' roles, such as domestic, clerical and telephonist work, in support of their male 'parent' forces. Some 95,000 women served in these organisations at home and overseas. In the immediate aftermath of the war there was some discussion in military circles over whether the women's services should be retained as part of the permanent strength of the armed forces. But against a backdrop of contracting defence spending, as well as an anti-feminist reaction in some quarters towards women in uniform which associated them with 'unnatural' masculine traits, this was not considered a priority by the male service establishment.