Hargreaves, Janet (2008) The under-used resource of historical research. Nurse Researcher, 15 (3). pp. 32-44. ISSN 1351-5578

Nurse educationalists in Britain face the charge that the
system is no longer producing nurses who are competent
when they qualify. Research into these issues led to an
historical approach, using life story and documentary
analysis, to understanding how nurses from the 1940s
and 1950s talked about nursing. This article by Janet
Hargreaves considers the value of such an approach and
argues that an understanding of how nursing was crafted
in the past illuminates the present

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