“Bads” in healthcare: Negative experience as an impetus to reform in nineteenth and twentieth centuries

European Conference of the Swiss Society of the History of Health and Nursing (GPG-HSS) in Cooperation with the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN) and the European Journal for Nursing History, Theory and Ethics (ENHE). 21.-22.06.2018, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), School of Health, Winterthur (Switzerland).

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Cultural expectations of ‘good care’ change according to context. They vary according to time and place. They are constantly shaped and reshaped by knowledge and techniques of health professions; by bodily and emotional needs and sensations; by symbols and rituals of attention and of sympathy; by religious ideas; and by views of justice, of caring human relations and of the person’s dignity. Individual experiences sometimes harmonize with expectations so that patients, and their nurses, midwives and physiotherapists, all feel satisfied. But sometimes, whether during birth, while nursing a newborn or a dying person, or whether engaging in some other healthcare process, things can and do go wrong. Continue reading ““Bads” in healthcare: Negative experience as an impetus to reform in nineteenth and twentieth centuries”

Des objets sous la loupe : histoire(s) et culture(s) matérielles des professions de la santé

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4e workshop de la Société suisse d’historie de la Santé et des soins infirmiers, vendredi 16 juin 2017 à l’Insitut d’histoire de la médecine de l’Université de Berne.

Les professionnels de la santé mobilisent quotidiennement des objets, mais aussi leur propre corps, dans la réalisation des soins, des thérapies ou dans l’accompagnement à la naissance. Si certains de ces objets ont suscité la curiosité et ont donné lieu à toute une littérature, comme le stéthoscope devenu l’un des symboles des médecins, un grand nombre d’autres ont été jusqu’à récemment quasiment absents des recherches historiques. Cela tient en partie à l’accès aux savoirs, souvent réservé aux seuls initiés. Pour autant, les objets constituent un excellent point de départ pour explorer les pratiques et techniques professionnelles dans leur diversité et leurs spécificités au plus près du terrain. Continue reading “Des objets sous la loupe : histoire(s) et culture(s) matérielles des professions de la santé”

Dumme Dinge, schlaue Sachen? Die materiale Seite von Pflege und Care

Die interdisziplinäre und internationale Tagung «Dumme Dinge, schlaue Sachen?» (18. bis 20. Januar 2017, Universität Heidelberg) fragt nach der Wirkung der Dinge in der Pflege, also nach den Effekten materialer Objekte, die bisher zumeist als «Hilfsmittel» betrachtet werden und sowohl in der akademischen Diskussion als auch in Sammlungen, Museen und Ausstellungen weitgehend unsichtbar bleiben.

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Brains, Guts and Gumption: Historical Perspectives on Nursing Education, Practice and Entrepreneurship

Exploring connections between health, nursing and leadership, the International Nursing History Conference welcomes papers that analyze the various ways in which nurses have negotiated their roles as educators, practitioners or entrepreneurs, testing new paths of work and practice as the context of health care changed and demanded new responses. Questions of education, practice, health policy and power will be examined, looking at critical areas of nursing’s past. How did nurses negotiate new domains of work, authority and knowledge? What tensions arose over claims of knowledge, quality training, skill and professional identity? Abstracts on other topics are also welcome.

16.-18.06.2016, Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN/ACHN), Vancouver

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