Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses who Served in Vietnam

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990 - History - 211 pages
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Women at War The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam Elizabeth Norman "This is a powerful story about some of nursing's finest contributions. The profession is indebted to this author for her persistence and sensitivity in capturing this important piece of history."--"American Journal of Nursing" Norman tells the dramatic story of fifty women--members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force Nurse Corps--who went to war, working in military hospitals, aboard ships, and with air evacuation squadrons during the Vietnam War. Here, in a moving narrative, the women talk about why they went to war, the experiences they had while they were there, and how war affected them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving 1990 238 pages 6 x 9 30 illus. ISBN 978-0-8122-1317-1 Paper $27.50s 18.00 World Rights Medicine
  

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Contents

Volunteering for the Vietnam War
7
Arriving in Vietnam
17
The Professional Strains and Moral Dilemmas of Nursing in Vietnam
27
The Rewards of Wartime Nursing in Vietnam
45
Personal Experiences in Vietnam
53
The Status of Female Military Nurses in Vietnam
65
Different Experiences in the Army Navy and Air Force Nurse Corps
75
Factors Associated with the Year the Nurse Served in Vietnam
91
The Years Since the War
125
Coming to Terms with the War PostTraumatic Stress Disorder
141
Lessons Learned from the War
155
Conclusions
161
Information on the Fifty Military Nurses
169
Notes
185
References
197
Index
207

Leaving Vietnam
105
Homecoming
113

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