Nursing a Radical Imagination : Moving from Theory and History to Action and Alternate Futures book cover
1st Edition

Nursing a Radical Imagination
Moving from Theory and History to Action and Alternate Futures

ISBN 9781032158532
Published November 18, 2022 by Routledge
288 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $160.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Examining the historical context of healthcare whilst focusing on building a more just, equitable world, this book proposes a radical imagination for nursing and presents possibilities for speculative futures embracing queer, feminist, posthuman, and abolitionist frames.

Bringing together radical and emancipatory perspectives from an international selection of authors, this book reflects on the realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that our situation is not new but the result of ongoing hegemonies and injustices. The authors attend to the history of nursing and related institutions, examining the assumptions, ideologies, and discourses that shape the discipline and its place within healthcare. They explore the impact of this context on contemporary nursing and look at alternative visions for the future. The final section specifically focuses on ways that we can move forward.

Envisioning new possibilities for nursing, this innovative volume is a vital resource for practitioners, scholars and students keen to promote social justice within and without nursing. It is an important contribution to nursing theory, philosophy and history.

Table of Contents


Part I: Towards a Re/Visioned History for Nursing

Chapter 1- Alleviating the Suffering of Others: Nursing and Humanitarian Reason Under Neoliberalism, Thomas Foth, and Evy Nazon

Chapter 2- Finding CASSANDRA: Mythology, Hagiography, Historiography for Nursing

Jess Dillard Wright

Chapter 3- Madeleine Knows Best: Culture, Race, and Whiteness in the Discipline of Nursing

Cory Ellen Gattrall

Part II: A Critical Understanding of the Present

Chapter 4- For Whom Does the Alarm Bell Toll? On Nursing Identity and Revolution

Candace Burton, Dave Holmes, Danisha Jenkins, and Jon McIntyre

Chapter 5- Imagining afFIRMative Futures for Nursing

Jamie Smith and Eva Willis

Chapter 6- Hypervisible Nurses in the Covidicene: Reclaiming the Scripts of Personhood and Agency

Amelie Perron

Chapter 7- Metastatic Growth: The Healthcare Industry’s Increasing Contribution to the Plasticene

Emmanuel Christian Tedjasukmana

Part III: A Radical Imagination for Nursing

Chapter 8- ‘Settler Harm Reduction’ in Nursing Education: Generativity not Hierarchy

Blythe Bell

Chapter 9- Using Arts-Based Participatory Methods to Teach Cultural Safety

Ruth De Souza

Chapter 10a: Artificial Intelligence for Health and Care is Not Inevitable: Introduction and Critical Vocabulary

Rae Walker

Chapter 10b: Artificial Intelligence for Health and Care is Not Inevitable: Ten Commitments to New Futures

Rae Walker

Part IV: Getting There: Speculative Paths for the Present/Future

Chapter 11- Horizons: Shifting the Gaze and Topography of Nursing Education

DaJanae Gresham-Ryder, Venika Marwaha, and Claire Valderama-Wallace

Chapter 12- Open Nursing Science: Using Citizen Science to Make Nursing Knowledge Wide-Open

Patrick McMurray

Chapter 13- Posthuman Pedagogy: Metamorphosing Nursing Education for a Dying Planet

Brandon Blaine Brown

Chapter 14- #AbolishNursing: An Ethics for Creating Safer Realities

Em Rabelais


View More



Jessica Dillard-Wright is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst Elaine Marie College of Nursing. She/they is also the 21-22 University of California Irvine Center for Nursing Philosophy Fellow.

Jane Hopkins-Walsh is a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner at Boston Children’s Hospital, USA, and a PhD candidate at Boston College Connell School of Nursing.

Brandon Brown is a bedside nurse, teacher, clinical assistant professor and doctor of education student at the University of Vermont in Burlington, USA.