Sarah E. Abrams Ph.D., R.N., is Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
“The Expectation Gap”: A Look at the Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture by Ruth B. Freeman, 1970
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2005
Public Health Nursing
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 82–86, January 2005
How to Cite
Abrams, S. E. (2005), “The Expectation Gap”: A Look at the Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture by Ruth B. Freeman, 1970. Public Health Nursing, 22: 82–86. doi: 10.1111/j.0737-1209.2005.22112.x
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2005
- R.B. Freeman;
- nursing history;
- public health nursing
Abstract Ruth B. Freeman was an outstanding public health nurse leader of her time. Born in 1906, Freeman earned a doctorate and became an educator at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and a prolific author in the field of public health nursing. She spoke elegantly and forthrightly about the issues of public health, placing nursing on a par with other professions working toward the improvement of health on a global level. A year before her retirement, she was invited to give the Sybil Palmer Bellos lecture, an annual event that continues today at the Yale University School of Nursing. Selected excerpts from this lecture are reprinted in this analysis of Freeman's address. The entirety of the address was printed in Public Health Nursing, Volume 1, Issue 1, in 1984.