This past week I attended the joint meeting of the 4th Annual Agnes Dillion Randolph International Nursing History conference and the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was great to reconnect with nursing history colleagues in North America and kick off the spring conference season with an excellent conference.
My presentation was part of session Session 2A – Military Nursing Moderator: Marian MoserJones
Two Directors of Nursing ContrastedCarol Helmstadter
Nursing on British Naval Hospital Ships, 1790-1815 Erin Spinney
Military Nurses of the Vietnam War: Tenacity, Courage, and LossLorelei Stein
Tickets are now available for the 2019 From Reason to Revolution Conference happening Saturday 27 April in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. I will be presenting Soldiers and Military Hospitals: Orderlies, Patients, and Experiences in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. More information to follow shortly.
Excited to be heading to San Diego for the 2018 AAHN conference. It is my first time presenting a joint paper with my colleague Glenn Iceton! Our paper examines frontier nursing activities by Anglican missionaries Isaac and Sadie Stringer in the Yukon. The paper specifically considers the gendered and colonial dynamics of healthcare delivery in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries among whaling and indigenous communities on Herschel Island.
Join our panel at 1 pm on September 14 in Point Loma A.
1. Sisters of Mercy: The walking Nun’s Siouxland Journey & Experiences in nursing-Diane Smith
2. American Missionary Nurses negotiate a place in the mission: The politics of application, assignment and resignation-Lydia Wytenbroek
3. Sadie and Isaac Stringer, Herschel Island and Northern missionary healthcare in the late-19th Century-Erin Spinney, Glenn Iceton
In the beautiful South Yorkshire at the University of Sheffield for the Digital Humanities Congress. Plus the first outing of my Medusa HGIS maps! Join me on Saturday in High Tor 3. Word cloud of my paper:
“Using data ontology to understand the relational dynamics of film audiences,” Peter Merrington, Matthew Hanchard, University of Glasgow
“Hospital Ships, HGIS, and the Interconnectivity of British Naval Medicine in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars,” Erin Spinney, University of Oxford
“‘A Lordship of the Feete [and] likewise of the Eye’: Using 3D-GIS to recreate ‘promenades’ and ‘prospects’ within English designed landscapes, c. 1550-1660,” Elizabeth Stewart, University of East Anglia
Excited to join my history of medicine and history of nursing colleagues at the SSHM 2018! My paper “Nursing Careers at Haslar and Plymouth Naval Hospitals, 1769-1800” counters historiographical preconceptions about pre-Nightingale nursing through a detailed analysis of the nursing workforce at Plymouth and Haslar Naval Hospitals, in conjunction with the nursing regulations for naval medical care. As the experiences of nurses at Plymouth Naval Hospital show, the physical stability of naval hospitals allowed for nurses to develop healing and care skills over a period of longstanding employment.
I’m heading to Leeds for the day to present at the “Redcoats, Tommies, and Dusty Warriors: Britain’s Soldiers c.1650 to the present” conference. My paper “‘An awkward clumsy man’: Perceptions of female nurses and male orderlies in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars” demonstrates the at times contradictory views of female nurses and male orderlies in regimental and general hospitals. This is achieved through an examination of regulatory literature which highlights the officially endorsed ambiguity of the roles of nurses and orderlies in regimental and general hospitals while letters, memoirs, and medical treatises are used to showcase contemporary understandings of medical practitioners and military authorities on the provision of medical care in the army.
I’m in the lovely Roman city of Chester today to present at the UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium. My paper “‘And if they are to be men or Women’: Nursing on late-18th Century British Hospital Ships” considers the decision to employ women as nurses on British navy hospital ships and convalescent ships in the eighteenth century. Specifically to showcase the role of women in these floating medical institutions.
The programme for the colloquium is available here.