By Kara Dixon Vuic
"'I by no means acquired an opportunity to be a girl,' Kate O'Hare Palmer lamented, thirty-four years after her journey as a military nurse in Vietnam. even though pleased with having served, she felt that the struggle she by no means understood had robbed her of her innocence and compelled her to develop up too fast. As depicted in a photo taken past due in her travel, lengthy hours within the working room exhausted her either bodily and mentally. Her drained eyes and gaunt face mirrored th e weariness she felt after treating numerous sufferers, a few death, a few maimed, all, like her, without end replaced. nonetheless, she discovered to paintings tougher and speedier than she concept she may possibly, to belief her nursing abilities, and to reside independently. She built the way to stability the hazards and merits of being a girl within the military and within the battle. basically fourteen months lengthy, her travel in Vietnam profoundly affected her lifestyles and her beliefs."Such brilliant own money owed abound in historian Kara Dixon Vuic's compelling examine the reports of military nurses within the Vietnam warfare. Drawing on greater than a hundred interviews, Vuic permits the nurses to inform their very own attractive tales, from their purposes for becoming a member of the army to the actual and emotional calls for of a terrible battle and postwar debates approximately how one can commemorate their provider. Vuic additionally explores the gender matters that arose while a male-dominated military actively recruited and hired the companies of 5,000 nurses in the course of a growing to be feminist circulate and a altering nursing occupation. ladies attracted to the army's patriotic promise confronted stressful realities within the almost all-male hospitals of South Vietnam. males who joined the nurse corps ran headlong into the army's trust that girls should still nurse and males should still struggle. Officer, Nurse, girl brings to gentle the approximately forgotten contributions of courageous nurses who risked their lives to deliver therapy to squaddies in the course of a poor -- and divisive -- struggle.
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Extra resources for Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War (War Society Culture)
101 The letter assured women that nursing was not a menial task but was one that, when practiced in the “illustrious organization” of the army, afforded women a level of respect they were unlikely to ﬁnd elsewhere. Though she may have still been performing a job many feminists believed was too traditionally feminine, the army nurse could ﬁnd comfort in knowing that the army treated her as an equal to men, afforded her prestige and responsibility, and provided her with the keys to an independent life.
With all your skills as a nurse. With all the cheerfulness in your heart. You do it because you want to. ”103 Advertisements like these encouraged women to act on what the army assumed were their childhood dreams and adulthood desires to help others, while emphasizing that their dreams and desires were worthy of professional dedication and development. ” Moreover, army nursing was not a stagnant career. ”105 Materials highlighted the experiences of women who had felt stymied in their work as civilian nurses but found a new kind of nursing in the army.
Recruiters for the Vietnam War had to entice nurses into the ANC and in the process confront a wide variety of issues, including the controversy surrounding the war, changing public attitudes about the roles of women and men, and changing deﬁnitions of nursing. Operation Nightingale Just before the Vietnam War, the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), the entity responsible for all army recruitment, assumed responsibility for nurse recruitment. 58 Until 1962, the ANC had recruited nurses itself through the Surgeon General’s Ofﬁce, but with the impending need for nurses in Vietnam, a more wide-reaching organizational and publicity structure became necessary.
Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War (War Society Culture) by Kara Dixon Vuic