Learning from the History of Nursing

Sioban Nelson PhD

Dean and Professor Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

After starting the MN at the University of Toronto, I have had a few readings from Sioban about understanding the history of Nursing. These articles really helped my understanding of nursing. Being young in the profession this historical analysis helps to ground and better understand nursing. During this episode we talked about Dr Nelson’s background and how she integrated her understanding of historical analysis into her academic work.




  • Robert Fraser: How have you learned about nursing history? Do you understand how it might give you insight into the profession?

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5 Responses to “Learning from the History of Nursing”

  1. Laurie
    October 31, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    Excellent interview! All those entering the profession and in practice should watch this as it challenges the thinking taken up by many in the profession

  2. Terri Schmitt
    November 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Rob is an excellent and ambitious nurse entrepreneur. I have posted this site for my students to review in both my nursing informatics and nursing leadership classes, both undergraduate. Nursing is a global autonomous profession. Sites like this serve to provide quick and inspiring access to nurses who are changing nursing and health care around the globe. Thank you Rob! I have linked to your website from my blog.. Keep up the excellent work. I look forward to watching your website and work progress.

  3. Jane Thomas
    January 20, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Just loved the interview! what a breath of fresh air to stand back and take a look at the big picture !
    My grandmother started nursing in 1909, my mother in 1943 and I started PTS in 1969. so there are lots of family stories which resonate with Sioban's ideas. Nurses has always been heavily involved with what was happening and often using what political clout they had to bring about change.

  4. lauraistanboulian
    May 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I have just finished reading Complexities of Care and it has energized my appreciation for this dynamic and wonderful profession! I highly recommend it to all nurses AND those who live with/love a nurse.

  5. rdjfraser
    May 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    I had to read it this year for a course in my masters program. I really liked it to.
    Thanks for sharing!

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