Nira Bartal, Ph.D., R.N., has specialized in the history of nursing in Erez Israel. She graduated from the Hadassah School of Nursing in 1972 and completed a B.A. in Hebrew literature and Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1989 she received a master’s degree in nursing from Tel Aviv University. In 2001 she was awarded a Ph.D. degree by the Hebrew University for a thesis on the training of Jewish nurses in Palestine during the Mandate period, 1918–1948, as this was reflected in the development of the Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem. The thesis, which is being published by the Yad Ben Zvi Institute, also constituted the basis for an essay, co-authored by Yehudit Steiner-Freud, entitled “Nursing Education Moves into the University: The Story of the Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem, 1918–1948” (Nursing History Review 13 (2005): 121–145).
Bartal, who teaches at Hadassah’s Henrietta Szold Nursing School, has published the findings of her research on oncological nursing and the history of nursing in Erez Israel.