Veiled Concerns : Social and Professional Tensions of Voluntary Aid Detachments and Military Nurses during the 1st World War Quiney, Linda J.
Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC School of Nursing and the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry. With only a brief training and minimal hospital experience, the VADs entered the unfamiliar world of the military hospital to work alongside the qualified Canadian military nurses at home, and British military nurses overseas, performing tasks that ranged from scrubbing floors and cleaning bedpans, to applying dressings and foments, and even assisting in the operating theatres. In this discussion Linda Quiney examines the boundaries that defined the VADs’ place at the bedside, the contested space of the wartime hospital wards, and the challenges they presented to the authority of the nursing professionals.
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