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Nurses in war : voices from Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Elizabeth Scannell-Desch; Mary Ellen Doherty
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This unique volume presents the experience of 37 U.S. military nurses sent to the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war to care for the injured and dying. The personal and professional challenges they faced, the difficulties they endured, the dangers they overcame, and the consequences they grappled with are vividly described from deployment to discharge. In mobile surgical field hospitals and fast-forward teams,
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Personal Narratives
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Scannell-Desch; Mary Ellen Doherty
ISBN: 9780826193834 0826193838 9780826193841 0826193846
OCLC Number: 755705112
Description: xvii, 274 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Historical roots of U.S. military nursing --
Deploying to war : an uncertain future --
Nurses in harm's way : more than I bargained for --
Living conditions : a mixed bag --
My work place : a plane, a tent, or a trailer --
Diversions from war : a piece of home --
Remembrance of war : most chaotic scene --
War memories : sensations etched in my mind --
My warrior patients --
Caring for the enemy --
Children caught in the chaos of war --
My wartime nursing stress : I am a different person now --
Kinship and bonding : my military family --
Professional growth : expanding my knowledge, skills, and abilities --
Women's health and hygiene experiences --
Parental separation --
Homecoming : a difficult adjustment --
Listen to me : advice to deploying nurses.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, Mary Ellen Doherty.

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This unique volume presents the experience of 37 U.S. military nurses sent to the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war to care for the injured and dying. The personal and professional challenges they faced, the difficulties they endured, the dangers they overcame, and the consequences they grappled with are vividly described from deployment to discharge. In mobile surgical field hospitals and fast-forward teams, detainee care centers, base and city hospitals, medevac aircraft, and aeromedical staging units, these nurses cared for their patients with compassion, acumen, and inventiveness. And when they returned home, they dealt with their experience as they could.

The text is divided into thematic chapters on essential issues: how the nurses separated from their families and the uncertainties they faced in doing so; their response to horrific injuries that combatants, civilians and children suffered; working and living in Iraq and Afghanistan for extended periods; personal health issues; and what it meant to care for enemy insurgents and detainees. Also discussed is how the experience enhanced their clinical skills, why their adjustment to civilian life was so difficult, and how the war changed them as nurses, citizens, and people.

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