In 1886, Newark City Hospital opened a training school for nurses in New Jersey. With the dawn of a new century women began to demand rights that had been denied them, and nurses too demanded changes in health care and higher education. For the first time, On Duty offers a highly readable account of the struggle for professional automy by New Jersey nurses and reveals how their political and legislative battles mirrored the struggle of women throughout the country to redefine their roles in society.
FRANCES WARD is the David R. Devereaux Chair of Nursing in the College of Health Professions at Temple University. The founding dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she also maintains a clinical practice serving urban residents.