"History records our humanity, heals ignorance,

guides identity development, and inspires compassion."                  

                                                                           ~ Dr. Martha Libster ~


Check Out these Inspirational Stories of the

Founders of American Nursing, Pharmacy, and Healthcare Reform!

Available in Print and E-Pub Download 

Winner 2005 Lavinia Dock Award

American Association History of Nursing


Dr. Martha Libster, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-CNS holds a doctoral degree in Humanities - Healthcare History from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England (2004). 


Historical Expertise:

  • Nursing (America and Europe)

  • Culture

  • 19th Century Women

  • American Healthcare Reform

  • Religious Communities

  • Botanical and Traditional Healing

  • Triangulated Case Study

  • Feminist history

  • Oral history

What does Dr. Martha say about the nature of historical inquiry?

  • It is natural to consider the context (the environment) for human endeavor.

  • History is the science of data over time.

  • Understanding patterns of human behavior can be comforting and healing. 

  • Exploring history is a deeply spiritual experience.

  • People's memories of the past are fascinating!


2013 – 14      Faith Andrews Research Fellow of Shaker Culture, Winterthur  

                       Museum, Library, and Gardens. 


2010                May – June. Visiting Research Scientist - Nursing and Traditional Medicine.    

                         Northwest University, Mafikeng, South Africa. Funded by Medical Research

                         Council of South Africa.


2005               Lavinia Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing –  Book

                        Publication, American Association fo the History of Nursing.


2004                Invited Speaker World Health Organization Traditional Medicine and Nursing.

2006 - 2017   12 Research Awards

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