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
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.
This past weekend I attended and presented a poster at the American Association for the History of Medicine in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was great to be a part of the Association’s first poster session!