Nursing History Forum
“Black Nurses’ Silent Struggle to Integrate Hospital Nursing in the North, 1950-1970"

Hafeeza Anchrum, PhD, RN 

Nov. 1, 2022 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Presented by the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

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Dr. Hafeeza Anchrum uses archival materials and interviews with Black nurses who graduated from Mercy-Douglass Hospital School of Nursing to examine Black nurses’ silent struggle to integrate hospital nursing in the North from 1950 to 1970. The sources reveal that they had to battle to gain access to hospitals with all-white nursing staff and fight for equal treatment once they gained entry to these spaces. This research broadens our understanding of the civil rights revolution beyond the popularized events and political figures of the South to a lesser-known battleground for racial inclusion and equality-the Northern hospital-and to lesser-known actors: Black registered nurses.

About the speaker: Dr. Anchrum is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Race, Science, and Society in the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the history of race and racism in American nursing and health care to better understand today's population health and health-care practice. Dr. Anchrum received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS from New York University, and a BSN from Florida State University. She is an advanced practice registered nurse specializing in surgical and perioperative nursing and nursing education.

We hope you can join us!

Maura Singleton
Center Manager
Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

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