Nurse Historians Win 'Excellence in Media' Award

Nurse Historians Win 'Excellence in Media' Award

American Academy of Nursing Cites 'Exemplary Journalism'

University of Pennsylvania Nurse historians Julie Fairman and Patricia D'Antonio have won the 2015 American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Excellence in Media Award for their policy-informed article in Nursing Outlook.


Penn Nursing School faculty members, historians and LDI Senior Fellows, Patricia D'Antonio and Julie Fairman

Faculty members at Penn's School of Nursing and Senior Fellows at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), the two have been heavily involved in the study of the history of nursing. The article for which they've been honored is  "History Counts: How History Can Shape Our Understanding of Health Policy."

The annual award from Nursing Outlook, the journal of the AAN, recognizes "exemplary journalism" about nursing-related health or health care issues and is accompanied by a $1,500 prize.

Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and Chair of the Penn Nursing School Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, Director of the Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, and an LDI Senior Fellow.

D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Term Professor of Undergraduate Education and Chair of the Nursing School Department of Family and Community Health, Associate Director of the Barbara Bates Center, Editor of the Nursing History Review journal, and LDI Senior Fellow.

Their 4,700-word article explores how historical examples and lessons can be used to more effectively lobby for current-day policy changes throughout a national health care system undergoing rapid and disruptive change.

An excerpt from the winning article's conclusion: 

"Nurses' success in moving policy forward will depend on their ability to give voice to a historical perspective that recognizes the political and contextual forces that shape health care and places nurses and nursing at the center of long-standing debates about health services delivery, knowledge formation, patient safety, technology, and education for practice. As a policy strategy, we need to position the histories of nursing in a place that will make it accessible to decision makers and make them understand why it matters and counts."