The History of Nursing Research Unit
The history of nursing is vital to our collective understanding of healthcare and medicine. In 2005, AMS and the University of Ottawa supported the creation of the first history of nursing research unit in Canada, located in the faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. It joined international history of nursing units in Australia, Great Britain and the United States. It remains firmly committed to teaching and researching nursing and health care history in Canadian contexts, in both English and French. The NHRU/URHN focuses on research, disseminating findings and graduate research training. Its long-term goal is to elevate the academic field of nursing history within Canadian nursing research.
The Unit provides fully bilingual programs and training to scholars at all levels.
- online, undergraduate history of nursing courses
- graduate courses on historical context in nursing practice
- support for graduate students (MA and PhD) pursing a thesis in nursing history
- supervision for post-doctoral fellows enrolled in related fields of study
- A post-doctoral scholarship for a student engaged in nursing and health related historical research
The NHRU also hosts monthly research meetings for students and scholars presenting ideas and papers for discussion.
The Unit offers an annual scholarship of $10, 000 for graduate students who are undertaking thesis projects on issues of nursing, health and healthcare using historical perspectives. Information on the scholarship can be found by visiting the University of Ottawa’s website.
The Unit also provides $1,000 “Initiation into Research” awards to undergraduate students seeking to learn the basic methods of historical research.
Publishing and Promotion
The NHRU actively promotes history within nursing school curricula across the country.
Unit members present at many academic conferences each year. The Unit also hosts national and international guest speakers, seminars and conferences and it collaborates and maintains links with national and international nursing history units.
The Unit supports the publication of research from both students and colleagues in the field of nursing, health and healthcare. An important and unique aspect of the NHRU/URHN is the intellectual space it provides to connect French and English researchers and to encourage work on collaborative projects. It also promotes research conducted by its students and peers in both print and electronic media.
The Unit maintains a comprehensive bibliography of nursing history and supports the historical preservation of nursing archival sources.
*AMS provided five years of funding to ensure the AMS Nursing History Research Endowment Fund supports the Unit’s long-term operations.