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United Kingdom Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN) Colloquium

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The UK Association for the History of Nursing is hosting a one-day colloquium on 5th July, 2019, in collaboration with the European Association for the History of Nursing. The theme will be ‘Histories of Humanitarian Nursing’, but abstracts on other subjects related to nursing and healthcare history will be welcomed and considered. Selected papers will be presented at the Colloquium, and then further reviewed for possible publication in the 2019 issue of the Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, or the 2020 issue of the European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics.

Humanitarian Nursing

Nursing, as an occupation committed to the relief of suffering, may be said to be a humanitarian endeavour. However, the notion of the ‘humanitarian nurse’ is a contested concept, embedded in a colonial past dominated by powerful religious, political and military interests. Even the introduction of non-governmental organisations in the twentieth century, arguably, only replaced these power-bases with new sources of vested interest.

A deeper understanding of nursing’s historic roles and activities can help inform the current global debate on how to meet the unprecedented demands for humanitarian assistance. Although nurses remain the largest frontline healthcare providers in humanitarian and global health projects, the voice of nursing was marginalized in the debates that culminated in the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. Recovering nurses’ historical narratives may inform current requirements for nurses’ education, and their preparation for, and recovery from humanitarian deployment. Attention to the history of humanitarian nursing will enable present-day leaders to protect nurses’ wellbeing, security, and effectiveness in the multiplicity of roles and responsibilities that far exceed mere technical competency. It is intended that the Colloquium will help inform not only the debates enveloping humanitarian nursing’s conflicted historic role but also its contemporary challenges in navigating a global system where the concept of humanitarian space is increasingly under attack.

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