This documentary describes the history of the healing arts in the U.S., especially the women involved. This history of nursing education is described as well as the socialization that went along with it, the struggle to unionize, and strategies for the future. Contains news clips from KPFA, music and is self-contained. There is discussion of the oppressive training of nurses in apprenticeship programs and the switch to college/university education; the fight for control over their practice; organizing efforts such as Nurses Against Nukes, the Nestle boycott, and support for United Farm Workers (UFW); and strategies for the future, such as collective bargaining, legislation, the Women's movement, etc. Interviewed in the program are Grace Ricco-Peña of Nurses in Transition; Toni Propotnik, past president of the California Nurses Association (CNA); Mike Smith, labor representative for the CNA; and Dr. Margretta Styles, dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. Also contains news clips from KPFA and music clips woven throughout. This program received the Women at Work Broadcast award, 1980.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.