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Negotiating nursing: British Army sisters and soldiers in the Second World War

Jane Brooks

Abstract

Negotiating nursing explores how the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.s) salvaged men 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 physically, emotionally and spiritually from the battlefield and for the war, despite concerns about their presence on the frontline. The book maps the developments in nurses’ work as the Q.A.s created a legitimate space for themselves in war zones ... More

Keywords: Nursing work, Women’s war work, Second World War, Gender boundaries, Professional boundaries, Women’s space, Nurses’ presence, Personal testimony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526119063
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526119063.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Brooks, author
Senior Lecturer in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester