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History provides current nurses with the same intellectual and political tools that determined nursing pioneers applied to shape nursing values and beliefs to the social context of their times. Nursing history is not an ornament to be displayed on anniversary days, nor does it consist of only happy stories to be recalled and retold on special occasions. Nursing history is a vivid testimony, meant to incite, instruct, and inspire today's nurses as they bravely tread the winding path of a reinvented health care system.

To find out about these nursing pioneers and their efforts, join the American Association for the History of Nursing.


Becoming a member of AAHN provides you with a spectrum of opportunities to enrich your professional life and contribute to the field of nursing history. Members receive a discounted rate for the annual meeting. Membership also includes the annual journal, The Nursing History Review (also available online). At the annual meeting, members have the opportunity to meet and discuss historical interests with other nursing history researchers. 

Membership includes full voting privileges, all newsletters, and notices, the right to hold office and/or serve on committees, and inclusion in our searchable online Membership Directory. 

Regular Member – Individuals interested in the purposes and work of the association. – Dues $200.00 (If you would like to donate $100 to AAHN in addition to the regular membership fee, you will be listed as a Supporting Member.)

Student Member – Full-time students with an interest in the purposes and work of the association. – Dues $90.00 (Add an additional student to your membership for only $10 more!)

Retired Members – Individuals who have been members of the Association and have retired from professional employment.  – Dues $120.00

Agency Member – Agencies, organizations, or corporations, with an interest in the purposes and work of the association. – Dues $200.00

International Member - For those who live outside of the United States. Dues $150.00

Institutional Member –  History centers, schools and departments of nursing, or any agency, organization, or corporation with an interest in joining AAHN. Dues $600.00

Institutional Membership includes:

    • Four representatives will receive full regular member benefits – save $200 compared to purchasing four separate individual memberships (cost of $600 vs. $800).
    • Discounted exhibitor space – History Centers or others who choose to become Institutional Members may choose to exhibit at the conference. Institutional Members will receive a 25% discount off the published rates for exhibit space.
    • Recognition on the AAHN website – Institutional members will be listed on the AAHN home page under a banner heading for the membership category. They will have the option of providing a logo that can be linked to their website in exchange for a reverse link to the AAHN website.

Non-Member Subscriber - Non-member subscribers may elect to receive the digital, print, or both versions of NHR. With a digital subscription, you will receive access to the current online issue and all previous online issues of the Nursing History Review for one calendar year. You will not receive any other benefits of AAHN membership.

  • $200 U.S./Foreign- digital copy only (which includes all back issues of NHR)  
  • $250. 00 U.S. print 
  • $370.00 Foreign print
  • $400.00 U.S. digital + print copies (Includes back issues of NHR digitally)
  • $550.00 Foreign- digital+print copies (Includes back issues of NHR digitally)
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