History Of Nursing

1.Historians have described the change in nursing from an untrained, almost informal culture of nursing to one of “professionalism.” How did the transition to a “professional” culture in nursing occur? Was this change always positive? Discuss, using at least three ideas from the course material.
2.Kathryn McPherson has discussed five “generations” of Canadian nurses. Does the “generational” model accurately explain changes in the field of nursing in Canada? Why or why not? Give at least three points or ideas from the course material, ideally discussing at least two different historical time periods (ie. 1880-1920, 1920-1950, 1970-2000).
3.How did World Wars I and II change Canadian nursing and nursing culture? Did the World Wars lead to more acceptance of nurses, and women working outside of the home for pay? Why or why not? Discuss these questions, using at least three ideas from the course material.
4.This course has discussed how nurses played a role in bringing health care to remote and First Nations’ communities. Did nurses play a negative role or a positive role in remote and Native communities? Alternatively, did nurses bring a combination of positive and negative elements to northern and/or First Nations’ communities? Discuss, using at least three points from the course material, ideally covering at least two distinct time periods.
5.How has the nursing profession changed since the early-1960s? Have all of the changes been positive? Discuss, using at least three points from the following list (ie. discuss the impact that these issues/events have had on the nursing profession since 1960): “second-wave” feminism, the Cold War, austerity and “neo-liberalism,” medicare and the increase in the Canadian welfare state, Native rights’ movements, increased unionization, the rise of the internet and new technologies, the LGBT rights’ movement.
6.Did nurses fulfill or go against traditional “feminine” roles in Canadian society? Why is this question important in the broad scope of Canadian nursing history? Discuss this questions, using at least three points from the course material, ideally discussing at least two distinct time periods.