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Eleanor C. Lambertsen papers


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Eleanor C. Lambertsen was one of the major national figures in the development and reform of nursing services and the administration of nursing education. She has led the nursing education faculty at both Teachers College, Columbia University and Cornell University/New York Hospital School of Nursing in addition to service on national and state health planning agencies. She was also an active participant in various professional organizations.

Eleanor Lambertsen began her nursing career at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey in 1938. After moving from staff nurse to Director of the School of Nursing in 1947, she left to complete her B.S.and M.A. degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University. Joining the faculty at Teachers College, she obtained her Ed.D. in 1957. From 1958 to 1961, she served as the Director of the Division of Nursing of the American Hospital Association which enabled her to participate in nursing concerns on the national level. She returned to Teachers College in 1961 as Professor of Nursing Education on the Helen Hartley Foundation and Chairman of the Department of Nursing Education. Four years later, Lambertson served as the Director of the Division of Nursing Education. In 1970, she accepted the position of Dean of the Cornell University/New York Hospital School of Nursing and upon its discontinuance in 1979, continued as Senior Associate Director of the New York Hospital Division of Nursing Education. Throughout her career in the administration of nursing education, Eleanor Lambertsen extended the impact of her work through service on many national and state health planning agencies, through anextensive series of professional publications, and an active program of speaking engagements. Lambertsen died in 1998.

Gift of Eleanor C. Lambertsen, 1991.

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials documenting issues in nursing education. Lambertsen's interest in nursing education is documented by her collection of materials that range from specific degree programs (certificate, bachelors, graduate) and specialty training, costs and accreditation of programs, and research and faculty training. The minutes and reports from the National League for Nursing's Department of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree programs from 1962 to 1969 include forums on federal involvement in nursing education, statistics on educational costs, and support for teaching, curriculum projects, recruitment, and research.

Department of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, Minutes and Reports, 1962-1969.
Box 1 Folder 1
Nursing Education Programs, Certificate, Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Nursescientist, 1949-1969.
Box 1 Folder 2
Education and Inservices for Specialty Training, Psychiatric, Medical-surgical, Cardiac, and Administration, 1958-1969.
Box 1 Folder 3
Costs of Nursing Education Analysis, 1946-1965.
Box 2 Folder 4
Nursing Education Accreditation and Grading, 1932-1965.
Box 2 Folder 5
Nursing Faculty, Research, Census, Training, and Studies, 1953-1968.
Box 2 Folder 6
National League for Nursing Research Papers, Teaching and Education, 1965-1968.
Box 3 Folder 7
Issues in Nursing Education (Small Booklets), 1921-1968.
Box 3 Folder 8
Education and Liberal Arts, American Democracy, India, 1938-1969.
Box 3 Folder 9

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of a variety of studies and reports from the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and the National Health Service. Included are articles focused on nursing roles and research, American Nurses Association-National League for Nursing Careers Program (1969), Nursing Research reports (1966 to 1968), and Teacher-Practitioner: Collaborators for the Improvement of Nursing Care (1965). In addition, issues dealing specifically with the nation's health programs, Medicare, welfare, and a projected ten year plan are explored in numerable reports.

American Nurses Association and National League for Nursing, Newsletters, Reports, and Pamphlets, 1962-1968.
Box 3 Folder 1
State Boards and Committees, 1940-1968.
Box 3 Folder 2
Nation's Health, Studies, Conferences, Outlooks, 1961-1977.
Box 3 Folder 3
Nation's Health (Continued from Box 3), 1961-1977.
Box 4 Folder 4

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of Lambertsen's manuscripts and memos particularly pertaining to her participation in national-level activities, including the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Foundation, and as secretary for the National Commission for the Study of Nursing and Nursing Education. Some of the correspondence documents her speaking engagements and participation in forums debating health care roles, especially the physician's assistant, collegiate education for nursing, and accreditation of nursing programs (1961-1969). Also included is general correspondence with Deans and directors of schools of nursing and medical centers.

Accreditation Questionnaire.
Box 4 Folder 1
Letter, President, University of Minnesota, 1938.
Box 4 Folder 2
Assn. Planning Basic Collegiate Schools, 1951.
Box 4 Folder 3
Stewart, I. "What is a Collegiate School of Nursing", 1939.
Box 4 Folder 4
Dreiblatt, M. "Shall We Have Cheap Labor of Good Nurses?", 1931.
Box 4 Folder 5
Implementation of the Brown Report Questionnaire, 1949.
Box 4 Folder 6
Goodrich, A. "The Trained Nurse".
Box 4 Folder 7
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1972.
Box 4 Folder 8
Nursing Techniques Designed by Students.
Box 4 Folder 9
Report of "Works" Plan for a Single Accreditation Body in Nursing, 1915.
Box 4 Folder 10
National Joint Practice Commission, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 11
National League for Nursing Resolution, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 12
Physician Assistants Statement, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 13
Summary Report and Recommendation, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 15
Summary of State Activities, 1972.
Box 4 Folder 16
National Study for the Study of Nursing, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 14
Allied Health Committee, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 17
Correspondence, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 18
National Commission for the Study of Nursing and Nursing Education, 1964-1972.
Box 4 Folder 20
National Commission, Annual Report, 1971-1972.
Box 4 Folder 19
Emory University, Dedication of the Woodruff Administration Building, 1976.
Box 4 Folder 21
National Committee for Licensed Practical Nurses, 1972.
Box 4 Folder 22
American Hospital Association, 1962-1973.
Box 4 Folder 23
American Nurses Association Committee on Nursing Correspondence, 1962-1970.
Box 4 Folder 24
Council of Federation of Associations of Schools of Health Professions, 1970.
Box 4 Folder 25
American Nurses Association Correspondence, Council on Health Manpower, 1972.
Box 4 Folder 26
National Committee for the Study of Nursing and Nursing Education Summaries, 1969.
Box 4 Folder 27
National Committee for the Study of Nursing and Nursing Education, List of Commissioners, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 28
National Commission, Annual Financial Report, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 29
National Commission, Study of Nursing Education minutes of Board of Commissioners, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 30
Committee on International Exchange of Persons Correspondence, 1970-1971.
Box 4 Folder 31
International Council of Nurses, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 32
National Commission, Interim Reports to Commissioners and Monthly Memorandums, 1970-1973.
Box 4 Folder 33
Box 4 Folder 34

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of an assorted collection of booklets focused on nursing roles, issues and services. Topics such as the public image of the nurse, nurse/patient relations, and administrative nursing services are explored. Additionally, specific nursing specialties are defined. Career concerns, laws affecting nurses, economic security, and employer expectations verses staff nurse performance are explored.

Booklets, Nursing Roles, Issues, and Services, 1939-1972.
Box 5 Folder 1

Scope and Contents note

This series pertains to issues surrounding hospitals and health care services. Discussions of hospital effectiveness are documented by the Secretary's advisory committee and elaborated upon in Faye Abdellah's article, "An Effective Health Care Delivery System: Can it be Achieved?". The organization and management of hospital services, departmental functions, and personnel are presented in manuals, constitutions and bylaws. A major segment of this series is devoted to economics as issues of health care costs and long term care are examined. Studies on financing and utilization of medical care services are included.

Hospitals and Health Care Services, 1949-1977.
Box 6 Folder 1
Long Term Care, Services and Needs, 1968-1969.
Box 6 Folder 2
Health Care Costs, Booklets, 1966-1977.
Box 6 Folder 3

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes various booklet series which briefly summarizes much of the entire collection. The subjects of these series range from nursing education and curriculum found in National League for Nursing Education: Curriculum Bulletin I,II, and the Education Committee on Standards, Accreditation procedures and guidelines; Nursing responsibilities, intervention, prevention and relation to society; Health service research series (U.S. Public Health Services); American Nurses Association Clinical Conference summaries; American Hospital Association monograph series focusing of medical practice, utilization of care and costs, and hospital-personnel relations.

Health Service Research, U.S. Public Health Services (19), 1966.
Box 7 Folder 1
Monograph, 1962 Clinical Sessions of American Nurses Association Convention (19), 1962.
Box 7 Folder 2
1965 Regional Clinical Conference of American Nurses Association (5), 1965.
Box 7 Folder 3
Monograph, 1964 American Nurses Association Convention (11), 1964.
Box 7 Folder 4
Hospital Monograph Series #1, American Hospital Association (5), 1957.
Box 7 Folder 5
National League for Nursing Education, Curriculum Bulletin 1,2, 1950-1951.
Box 7 Folder 6
National League for Nursing Education Committee on Standards, 1945-1948.
Box 7 Folder 7
Health Information Foundation Research Series, 1957.
Box 7 Folder 8
American Nurses Association 44th Convention, 1964.
Box 7 Folder 8
National Committee on the Aging- Standards of Care for Older People in.
Box 7 Folder 9
The White House Conference on Education, 1965.
Box 7 Folder 10
Report of the President's Commission on Higher Education- Higher Education for American Democracy, vol. III-VI, 1947.
Box 7 Folder 11
Nursing and the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, 1954-1968.
Box 7 Folder 12

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