Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Science


American history, Nevada Nurses' Association, nursing


Membership in a professional organization traditionally has been considered one of the characteristics of a person avowed to practice a profession. The purpose of this study was to conduct an historical analysis of the Nevada Nurses' Association (NNA) to determine the influence of national, state, and local societal issues on the evolution of the organization. Data was collected from the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, the NNA state office, the Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Nursing Archives at Boston University. Articles in professional and lay literature also provided information. Organization theory and congruence with goals of the American Nurses' Association (ANA) were used as a framework for the study. Data analysis including sorting, integrating, and synthesizing information obtained from various sources. Findings revealed that a core group of women dealt with low membership and decreased finances as they sought to improve nursing education and protect consumers from inferior care. This study makes a unique contribution to nursing knowledge as it facilitates future progress through enhancing our understanding of past problems.

Document Type

Dissertation: Open Access



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Nursing Commons