How does knowledge and history of nursing provide a context in which to understand current practice?
In answering the above question, my thought immediate goes to, “You don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been or come from.” “The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. The purpose of the Association shall be to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing.” [ (About AAHN, 2007) ]
The history of nursing and knowledge of foundations allows us an opportunity to ask why & then obtain answer(s) for current practices via documented evidence. This knowledge propels an individual from a level of ignorance to a focused level of education. Awareness of historical practices and events better assists us in understanding the why’s within this profession, we call registered nurse.
Three trends within nursing practice that stood out in my mind were:
1.) The movement from male dominated, religious caregivers to females who at one time weren’t considered persons. Now women are recognized as human entities with value that dominate the nursing field, in all aspects.
2.) The trend from rudimentary beginnings to well developed training, standards, regulations, and licensure.
3.) Defining the difference between technical (associate) versus professional (bachelor) degree nurses.
These trends influenced my perspective of nursing practice by increasing my sense of proud as a nurse and in my decision to become a nurse. I belong