Teaching healthcare history in the curriculum

By Gerard Fealy Elsewhere, I have differentiated the terms ‘nursing history’ and ‘the history of nursing’ (Fealy 2008). Like labour history, women’s history, or military history, the former term refers to a field of study within the discipline of history, while the latter refers to the past of nursing, and may include the history of the writing of nursing history. … Read More

Call for PEACE

As researchers in the field of nursing history, we know the devastating impact of war on nurses. We therefor call for peace in Ukraine and demand that nurses are enabled to work professionally and safely. Click here to read the following article: ICN says protection and safety of nurses and  all health workers in Ukraine is paramount  

A global picture in Italian nursing historiography

The study of the history of the nursing profession in Italy has seen, over the decades of the last century, the development of interesting works of analysis and research, numerous in quantity and diversified in the various analytical strands considered. A global picture that has been taken into consideration by Giordano Cotichelli’s book: “Storiografia della Professione infermieristica in Italia (1945 … Read More

Unesco Memory of the World Register

The RCN Library and Archive team are submitting an application: The Unesco Memory of the World Register (link) highlights particular documents and archives as being of national (UK) and international significance. EAHN collaborates with the oral history collection created by the RCN History of Nursing Forum 1986-2016. We really hope that by highlighting this collection we can highlight the importance … Read More

Teaching nursing history through photographs

Thanks to a fruitful cooperation between our association, the European Association for the History of Nursing, the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry, UBC-V School of Nursing, we were able to propose a Symposium titled: Teaching nursing history through photographs: between realities, cultural constructions and social idealisations. Through the realisation of a … Read More

UKAHN Colloquium at the Portico Library, Manchester: 5 July 2022


The 2022 UKAHN colloquium is being held at the Portico Library in the centre of Manchester on 5 July. Please join us to celebrate the history of nursing in this iconic space. There will be a full day of papers covering a wide variety of national and international nursing history topics. The Colloquium has a proud tradition of providing a supportive … Read More

Suicide and its prevention

“Suicide and its prevention” conference is online  For any further information visit: https://suicide-and-its-prevention.eu/  

Croatian Earthquake

It is with great sadness that we received news of a new, devastating earthquake that struck Petrinja, Sisak, Glina, and the surrounding areas. The EAHN would like to express its deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragic event – especially to those who have lost their loved ones. Our colleagues in the Croatian Nurses Association sent us this … Read More

Living images from the history of nursing – Croatia

During the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs held  a Joint Meeting of Chief Medical, Nursing and Dental Officers – CMOs, CNOs, CDOs, from 2 to 4 March 2020. A revue of historical uniforms was presented as part of the meeting. “Living Images from the History … Read More

Message from the Irish President

President Michael Higgins has issued the following statement, to mark International Nurses’ Day, 12 May 2020: “Today, on International Nurses’ Day, all over the world we are celebrating the irreplaceable contribution that nurses make to the world’s health and wellbeing, and as we commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing whose 200th birth anniversary occurs this … Read More