Pay Inequity in Nursing is Nothing New: A Special Commentary

Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing for Men, Class of 1924. Image Source: Pennsylvania Archives

“Male nurses are found to earn about $5,000 more than female colleagues.” (Not quite) shocking news! A recently released JAMA study, hitting numerous airwaves and media outlets found significant pay discrepancies between nurses who are female and nurses who are male. How could this happen in the most female (women make up about 93% of all nurses) profession? The study did not address reasons why pay inequity exists in nursing, yet, reports on the results offered some hypotheses. One of the study’s investigators suggested that men may negotiate better (Ouch, that rationale literally hurts!) or that women experience a tougher time getting promoted. Investigators plan to carry out additional research focusing on explanations for pay gaps in nursing.

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When The Crisis Fades, Remember the Nurses

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By Marian Moser Jones, PhD, MPH

The fall of 1914, much like the fall of 2014, witnessed an urgent call for American nurses and doctors to join humanitarian missions involving diseases across the globe. Unprecedented modern warfare, not an unprecedented epidemic, was the cause of the crisis a hundred years ago.

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Recap from Professionalizing Nursing and Medicine: The Early Years Colloquium

(left to right) Jeffrey Brosco, Amanda Mahoney, Steven Peitzman, Patricia D'Antonio, Barron Lerner, and Jean Whelan, gather during recent colloquium (photo credit: Daniel Burke)

(left to right) Jeffrey Brosco, Amanda L. Mahoney, Steven Peitzman, Patricia D’Antonio, Barron Lerner, and Jean Whelan, gather during recent colloquial (photo credit: Daniel Burke)

The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing held the first Enduring Issues in American Health Care colloquial, Professionalizing Nursing and Medicine: The Early Years on Saturday, September 27th at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Continue reading

Links to the History of Nursing and Medicine in Philadelphia

Ingram c. 1903

Anna Ingram, PGH ’02 and Five Physicians, c.1903. Alumni Association of the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Image Collection, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Interested in the history of nursing and medicine in Philadelphia? Check out these links to local institutions with archives, collections and events related to our city’s rich history.

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New Colloquium Series On Nursing, Medical and Health Care History

Professionalizing Nursing and Medicine


We are pleased to announce a colloquium series entitled Enduring Issues in American Health Care: New Dialogues for the Present Using the Past. This series will explore, contextualize, and illuminate the histories of medicine and nursing and the ways in which both professions evolved within a framework of interaction, separation and collaboration between the years 1800 to 2000.

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