Negotiating Nursing: British Army Sisters and Soldiers in the Second World War

TitleNegotiating Nursing: British Army Sisters and Soldiers in the Second World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBrooks, Jane
Number of Pages236
PublisherManchester University Press
CityManchester, UK
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This book explores how the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.s) salvaged their soldier-patients within the sensitive gender negotiations of what should and could constitute nursing work and where that work could occur. The book argues that the Q.A.s, an entirely female force during the Second World War, were essential to recovering men from the battlefield and for the war, despite concerns about women's presence on the frontline. Using personal testimony the book maps the developments in nurses' work as they created a legitimate space for themselves in war zones and established their position as the expert at the bedside. Yet, despite the acknowledgement of nurses' vital role in the medical service, their position was gendered. As the women of Britain were returned to the home post-war, it was the military nurses' womanhood that stymied their considerable skills from being transferred to the new welfare state. (Publisher)

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