The Nationwide Girls’s Historic previous Alliance organizes Girls’s Historic previous Month each March. This yr, the theme, “Celebrating Girls Who Inform Our Tales,” was picked to draw consideration to “ladies in every group who’ve devoted their lives and skills to producing paintings, pursuing reality, and reflecting the human scenario decade after decade.” To this end, the group has been highlighting such literary notables as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Gloria Steinem, and Willa Cather, amongst others.
For Girls’s Historic previous Month in March 2015, I wrote an editorial in AJN discussing the importance of understanding nursing historic previous and stating that as a female-majority occupation, nursing’s historic previous is intently entwined with ladies’s historic previous. Nurses have made essential contributions to rising the nicely being system of this nation—actually, group nicely being suppliers, school nicely being, and public nicely being had been constructed via the efforts of nurses.
Archival voices from nurse pioneers.
In that editorial, I drew consideration to a lot of of the additional extensively recognized nurses and their contributions. Nevertheless in AJN’s archives, which date from the first concern in 1900, one can uncover opinions of nurses’ contributions, huge and small, written by people who lived them. As an illustration, Lina Rogers, the first nurse despatched by Lillian Wald as a school-based nurse, writes (to study this and the subsequent article, click on on on the PDF mannequin throughout the greater left of the holiday spot net web page) in 1903 about her experiences all through her first yr; Anne Colon, a district nurse in northern Michigan, describes her foray into the deep woods to a logging camp to provide care to loggers all through the 1918 influenza epidemic. And there are so many others who’re unknown to most of us.
Making our work seen.
As any person who has spent over 15 years encouraging nurses to tell their “tales”—whether or not or not in scholarly opinions of research and apply enhancements, accounts of group nicely being duties they’ve initiated, thought-provoking opinion objects, and heartfelt and personal reflections—I applaud this yr’s theme. As nurses, we’ve to make sure that our work is made seen and that our contributions are acknowledged. Good work and progressive duties and apply must be shared. Now we have to doc nursing’s legacy of contributions.
And we’ve to share the “totally different” tales, too: people who reside in our memory of a affected one who was unforgettable or of a colleague who provided assist at a vital time, these “reflecting the human scenario decade after decade.”