European Association for the History of Nursing



The European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN) promotes the development and advancement of Nursing History through scholarly work and public outreach. The Association brings individuals and associations together in order to provide mutual support and opportunities for collaboration. The purpose of the Association is to provide a European focus for the development of the discipline of Nursing History.



To promote scholarly work in the Nursing History, by providing a mutually supportive network of individuals working in the field and by creating opportunities for direct collaboration on significant research projects.

To promote the public understanding of Nursing History, by supporting initiatives for public engagement.

To gain recognition for the discipline of Nursing History throughout the European region.

Federal Structure


The Association has a federal structure. Constituent member associations are autonomous and self-governing. A constituent association may be administered through an academic centre, a scholarly society or an interest group. Each constituent association will be eligible to send at least one member to a European Coordinating Committee.



The membership comprises individuals who are members of a constituent association. The membership is intended to be inclusive. Members may be nurses or non-nurses, and might or might not hold an appointment in a recognised academic institution. An individual from any part of the world may join any of the constituent associations, and thereby become a member of the EAHN.