Past as Prologue: Why History Matters in Nursing Education and Practice

Author(s): Michelle Hehman

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP C 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Decision-making

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

In today’s complex healthcare environment, knowledge of nursing history matters. While it seems counterintuitive, a historical perspective not only offers context for understanding today’s practice issues, but also provides insight into future challenges. This session reveals the ways in which history promotes the cognitive flexibility required for nursing practice. Attendees gain foundational understanding of why history is important and how to incorporate it into nursing curricula.


  • Describe the importance of historical knowledge in preparing nurses for clinical practice.
  • Employ historical evidence to explain how history shapes professional identity and promotes cognitive flexibility.
  • Identify strategies for incorporating nursing history content into curricula at the pre-licensure and/or graduate level.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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