Nursing history books from the ECBCNHI library

Fall 2022 Nursing History Forums (All Virtual)

September 20, 2022, at 12 p.m. (ET)

Topic: Military Nursing in Ottoman Palestine During World War I

By Ronen Segev, PhD, RN

Dr. Segev is a recipient of the Barbara Brodie Nursing History Fellowship. He received his RN, MA, and PhD degrees from Tel-Aviv University. A nephrology nurse and a historian, he is a lecturer in the Nursing Sciences Department at Ruppin Academic Center in Emek Hefer, Israel. Dr. Segev is the author of A Two-Layer Uniform: History of the IDF Nursing 1948–1983 (2019, Modan & Ministry of Defense Publication), as well as journal articles and book chapters with both a clinical and historical focus.

October 18, 2022, at 12 p.m. (ET)

Topic: Understanding the Experiences of Male Nurse Practitioners

By Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN

Mr. Henderson is a recipient of the Nurse Practitioner History Research Scholar Award. He is a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a SAMHSA/American Nurses Association Minority Fellow. Previously, Mr. Henderson was a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. He co-founded and served as executive director of Up and Running Healthcare Solutions, a Philadelphia-based organization that provided case management by community health workers and other supportive services to homeless individuals. He earned a BSN and MSN in Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a certificate in Health Care Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

November 1, 2022, at 12 p.m. (ET)

Topic: "I Will Let Nothing Defeat Me": Black Nurses in White Space

By Hafeeza Anchrum, PhD, RN

Dr. Anchrum is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Race, Science, and Society in the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the history of race and racism in American nursing and health care to better understand today's population health and healthcare practice. Dr. Anchrum received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS from New York University, and a BSN from Florida State University. She is an advanced practice registered nurse specializing in surgical and perioperative nursing and nursing education.

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Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History Conference March 18-19, 2022

View the 2022 Randolph Conference Program and 2022 Randolph Conference Program Abstracts from our international event, held virtually in March 2022. 


Recent Nursing History Forums

A Virtual Roundtable on the History of Black Midwives

In recognition of Black History Month in February 2022, the Bjoring Center hosted a panel discussion of distinguished scholars, featuring Dr. Wangui Muigai, a historian of medicine at Brandeis University who is writing a book on the history of Black infant mortality in the U.S.; Dr. Michelle Drew, a practicing midwife and chair of the American College of Nurse Midwives Caucus for Reproductive Justice and Birth Equity; and Dr. Gertrude Fraser, associate professor in UVA's Department of Anthropology and author of African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory. Read or download the History of Black Midwives Roundtable transcript.

Program Details

"Ancient Wisdom, Resistance and Reclamation: The Historical Contributions of African and African American Midwives 1619 to the Present" - by Michelle Drew, DNP, MPH, CNM, FNP-C, C-EFM

"Trust, Training, and Tradition: Black Midwifery in the Early 20th Century" - by Wangui Muigai, PhD

This presentation examines the contributions of a range of Black women, including midwives, health officials, nurses, and pregnant women, as they worked to ensure the health of Black mothers and newborns in the early 20th century and the challenges they faced in their efforts. The talk considers the legacies of this moment on the birth and reproductive experiences of Black Americans today.

"African American Doulas: Carrying on the Tradition, Navigating Spaces of Care and Exploitation" - by Gertrude J. Fraser, PhD

This presentation will explore emerging work from primarily feminist scholars about African American doulas, especially in urban communities who are caught between the desire to serve their clients of color who are at higher risk for mortality and serious illness during pregnancy and the need for a living wage. Further, I will discuss how health officials may place doulas front and center in intervention strategies to reduce maternal mortality while at the same time failing to monetarily value their contributions or to invest significantly in ameliorating the root causes of reproductive health care disparities. My goal is to engage in dialogue about how doulas may be valorized for their devotion to provide culturally salient care for women of color, on the one hand, and on the other, be subject to different forms of exploitation.

Black Midwives: A History Forum