APPLIED PHARMACOLOGYFrom “First Aid Rooms” to Advanced Practice Nursing A Glimpse Into the History of Emergency NursingSnyder, Audrey RN, MSN, CEN, ACNP, FAANP; Keeling, Arlene PhD, RN; Razionale, Christina BSN Author Information Emergency Department, University of Virginia Health System, (Mss Snyder and Razionale), and the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (Dr Keeling), University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Va. Corresponding author: Audrey Snyder, RN, MSN, CEN, ACNP. FAANP, Emergency Department, University of Virginia, PO Box 801458, Charlottesville, VA 22908 (e-mail: [email protected]). Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: July 2006 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - p 198-209 Buy Abstract The purpose of this article is to provide a brief history of the development of advanced practice emergency nursing in the United States, noting its roots in the “First Aid Rooms” of the Henry Street Settlement and focusing on its formal inception as a nursing specialty in the 1970s. The development of the Emergency Nurses Association is also highlighted. The program at the University of Virginia is used as an example of what was occurring throughout the nation. Data are analyzed within the context of the social and political environment of the United States during this era as well as within the context of the history of healthcare. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.