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.
The full conference programme is available here.
So happy to have my papers at the recent Society for the Social History of Medicine conference and UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium feature in the American Association for the History of Nursing’s “Nursing & Health Care History News!”
At the SSHM I presented “Inside the Ward: Everyday Experiences at the Intersection of Mediine and domesticity in 18th-Century British Naval Hospitals,” and at the UKAHN “Regulating care during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Nurses and perceptions of Nursing in the Royal Navy and the British Army.”
Tomorrow I begin my journey to the UK for the Society for the Social History of Medicine Biennial Conference at the University of Kent, in Canterbury. Immediately following the conference I head to Camberley for the United Kingdom Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium.
The full programme for the SSHM “Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts” is available here. My session takes place on Friday July 8th at 9am:
Soldiers and Seamen: Therapeutic Hospital Spaces
Erin Spinney “Inside the Ward: Everyday Experiences at the Intersection of Medicine and Domesticity in 18th-Century British Naval Hospitals”
Kristin Hussey “Imperial Patients in the Global City: Patrick Manson, the Seamen’s Hospital Society and Networks of Clinical Material in Late Victorian London”
Julia Neville “‘The Wounded Men … Spoke of Exeter Hospitals as Paradise’: The Patients’ Experience of a Stay in a First-Line English War Hospital during the First World War”
The full programme for the UKAHN is available here. I will be presenting: “Regulating care during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Nurses and perceptions of Nursing in the Royal Navy and the British Army.”