Speaker: Nira Bartal RN, Ph.D. (Lecturer, Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, Jerusalem, Israel)
Abstract: In Israeli Arab society, nursing care and midwifery underwent significant modification in the 20th century, the result of modernization and changes in the influence of religion, the political context, and the status of women.
This talk examines nursing activities of men and women, up to the 1960s, using the broadest definition of nursing. I argue that nursing and midwifery were practiced at the folk level not only due to religious and traditional factors but also as an outcome of constraints stemming from political tension between Jews and Arabs. I further discuss the development of nursing care among Israeli Arab men and women within the framework of nursing as a profession.
This talk examines the transformation of nursing and midwifery from traditional activities to professional ones in view of the potential of these professions as bridges to peace.
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