TWU Historical Research in Nursing Class Japan papers

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MS 188

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TWU Historical Research in Nursing Class Japan papers


  • October 2014 (Creation)


0.25 cubic feet (1 box)

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The 27th Texas Legislature founded Texas Woman's College as the Girls Industrial School in Denton, Texas,in 1901, and graduated its first class in 1904. Graduate studies were initiated in 1930 and the first doctoral degree was awarded in 1953. It created Texas' first nationally accredited nursing school with Parkland Hospital, Dallas, in 1954. The name was changed to the College of Industrial Arts in 1905, Texas State College for Women in 1934, and finally Texas Woman's University in 1957. Men were admitted to select programs in 1972, then universally in 1994. The nursing doctoral program is the largest in the country.

NURS 6903.61 Historical Research: Lessons Learned in Hiroshima was offered during the fall 2014 semester as a Special Topics Study Abroad opportunity. The class was an opportunity for nursing students to explorehistorical research as a change from quantitative and methodological methods emphasized in the hard sciences. The topic for fall 2014, taught by Dr. Sandra Cesario, was the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Postwar research on the short-term and long-term effects of the bombings have made significant contributions to disaster response, ethics, environmental studies and occupational safety, and radiation therapy. Dr. Cesario and five students visited historical sites in Hiroshima Prefecture, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Five-Storied Pagoda at Miyajima, the "A-Bomb Dome", and Mt. Misen Observatory. Students kept travel journals about their experiences and feelings during the trip.

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The TWU Historical Research in Nursing Class Japan papers contains assigned journals written by graduate nursing students of their experiences while in Hiroshima, Japan as part of a Texas Women’s University class titled Historical Research in Nursing. The class traveled to Japan in October 2014.

Subjects: Hiroshima, nursing, ABCC, Texas Woman's University, Nursing History

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No access restrictions. Open for research.

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Materials are in good condition.

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  • English

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The students donated these materials as part of an effort to collect material from the Texas Woman's University nursing program, and in relation to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission.

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  • Citation: TWU Historical Research in Nursing Class Japan papers; MS 188; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
  • Processing information: The finding aid for this collection written in March 2015. The materials are in good shape. A posterboard presentation made by the students was too large to store and was disassembled. The components of the posterboard (photographs and brochures) are in Series I, box 1, folder 1. The collection consists of 0.25 cubic feet (1 box).

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Processed by Alethea Drexler, January 13, 2015

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