Mary Adelaide Nutting: “One of the Most Useful Women in the World”

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149353
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Presentation
Title:
Mary Adelaide Nutting: “One of the Most Useful Women in the World”
Abstract:
Mary Adelaide Nutting: “One of the Most Useful Women in the World”
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Gunby, Susan, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
Title:President
OBJECTIVE: “Her devotion, courage, faith, skill, and magnificent perseverance have made her one of the most useful women in the world” is how she was described on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree from Yale University in 1922. This statement was made about Mary Adelaide Nutting, a brilliant nurse educator, nursing leader, and an active recorder of history. The purpose of this historical, biographical research was to analyze information / data about Mary Adelaide Nutting in order to enhance the scholarship surrounding Nutting’s contributions to the nursing profession, to nursing education, and to societal, national, and international affairs. DESIGN/SAMPLE/SETTING/CONCEPT/MEASURES: Data were analyzed using a naturalistic inquiry framework in which history is viewed as the story of lived experience. Primary sources encompassed multiple biographical works; textbooks, articles, and speeches written by Nutting; minutes from the meetings of national and international professional organizations which document Nutting’s active participation in debates and decisions; and supplemental contextual pieces related to her many personal and professional endeavors and accomplishments. FINDINGS: “Compassion may provide the motive but knowledge is our only working power.” These words spoken by Mary Adelaide Nutting illustrate her commitment to advancing nursing education through an organized curriculum that focused on the student’s acquisition of theoretical content as well as clinical skills. Nutting’s brilliant, long, and active career was highlighted by many accomplishments such as serving as Isabel Hampton Robb’s successor as superintendent of nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital, collaborating with Lavinia Lloyd Dock in writing the four-volume History of Nursing, and becoming the first professor of nursing in the world. Her contributions to Teachers College are legendary. Additionally, she was a gifted musician and artist, a brilliant writer, a recorder of history, and a well educated woman. Nutting was an active participant in the professional activities of the major nursing organizations and many other organizations existing at that time. The organizations that are today known as the NLN, the ANA, and the ICN benefited from Nutting’s leadership, personality, and forceful professional acumen. She was appointed by President Wilson to serve as chairman of the Committee on Nursing in the Council of National Defense. Historical documents are replete with examples of Nutting’s “devotion, courage, skill, and magnificent perseverance” to nursing education and to alleviating the suffering of others. CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS: Historiography is an art and a science. This biographical analysis of Mary Adelaide Nutting can facilitate the knowing of history. It allows one to study the life of an outstanding nurse educator, nursing leader, and social activist in the context of the period of time she lived and practiced nursing. An openness to debate and discussion about her contributions enhances our knowledge of the conflicts and challenges nurses confronted to develop nursing education curricula, advance professional organizations, and alleviate the suffering of others. Historical analysis of the contributions of leaders such as Nutting provides a framework for enhancing the current practice of nursing and facilitating changes in future nursing practice.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMary Adelaide Nutting: “One of the Most Useful Women in the World”en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149353-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Mary Adelaide Nutting: &ldquo;One of the Most Useful Women in the World&rdquo;</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gunby, Susan, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">President</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">gunby_ss@mercer.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">OBJECTIVE: &ldquo;Her devotion, courage, faith, skill, and magnificent perseverance have made her one of the most useful women in the world&rdquo; is how she was described on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree from Yale University in 1922. This statement was made about Mary Adelaide Nutting, a brilliant nurse educator, nursing leader, and an active recorder of history. The purpose of this historical, biographical research was to analyze information / data about Mary Adelaide Nutting in order to enhance the scholarship surrounding Nutting&rsquo;s contributions to the nursing profession, to nursing education, and to societal, national, and international affairs. DESIGN/SAMPLE/SETTING/CONCEPT/MEASURES: Data were analyzed using a naturalistic inquiry framework in which history is viewed as the story of lived experience. Primary sources encompassed multiple biographical works; textbooks, articles, and speeches written by Nutting; minutes from the meetings of national and international professional organizations which document Nutting&rsquo;s active participation in debates and decisions; and supplemental contextual pieces related to her many personal and professional endeavors and accomplishments. FINDINGS: &ldquo;Compassion may provide the motive but knowledge is our only working power.&rdquo; These words spoken by Mary Adelaide Nutting illustrate her commitment to advancing nursing education through an organized curriculum that focused on the student&rsquo;s acquisition of theoretical content as well as clinical skills. Nutting&rsquo;s brilliant, long, and active career was highlighted by many accomplishments such as serving as Isabel Hampton Robb&rsquo;s successor as superintendent of nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital, collaborating with Lavinia Lloyd Dock in writing the four-volume History of Nursing, and becoming the first professor of nursing in the world. Her contributions to Teachers College are legendary. Additionally, she was a gifted musician and artist, a brilliant writer, a recorder of history, and a well educated woman. Nutting was an active participant in the professional activities of the major nursing organizations and many other organizations existing at that time. The organizations that are today known as the NLN, the ANA, and the ICN benefited from Nutting&rsquo;s leadership, personality, and forceful professional acumen. She was appointed by President Wilson to serve as chairman of the Committee on Nursing in the Council of National Defense. Historical documents are replete with examples of Nutting&rsquo;s &ldquo;devotion, courage, skill, and magnificent perseverance&rdquo; to nursing education and to alleviating the suffering of others. CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS: Historiography is an art and a science. This biographical analysis of Mary Adelaide Nutting can facilitate the knowing of history. It allows one to study the life of an outstanding nurse educator, nursing leader, and social activist in the context of the period of time she lived and practiced nursing. An openness to debate and discussion about her contributions enhances our knowledge of the conflicts and challenges nurses confronted to develop nursing education curricula, advance professional organizations, and alleviate the suffering of others. Historical analysis of the contributions of leaders such as Nutting provides a framework for enhancing the current practice of nursing and facilitating changes in future nursing practice.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:00:43Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:00:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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