2. Using Reverby, chapter 7, compare her views on the professionalization of nursing to Olson’s. What are their views on nursing education – do they differ?
3. What does Olson say is the nature of nursing work done at St. Luke’s? What role does caring play in his analysis of nursing? How does Reverby describe the characteristics of a good nurse in the 19th century?
4. Focusing specifically on nursing history: Using Olson, explain the “professionalization framework” and its significance for nursing history – do you agree with his thesis? What do he and Walsh say about nursing history? Where does Reverby fit into their analysis (they refer to her specifically in Handling the Sick) – that is, how would they characterize her place in nursing history?
5. Using both Reverby and Olson, discuss gender and nursing – use specific quotes throughout the books to support your discussion including Reverby’s idea of duties vs rights. Does Olson see anti-woman sentiment or sexism in nursing? Keep in mind the consequences of nursing having developed as women’s work when looking for gender issues.
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