This paper provides a critical analysis of primary sources, such as publications, diaries and letters by the battlefield nurses and secondary sources addressing the involvement of women nurses (battlefield angels) in the American civil war. Battlefield Nurses during the Civil War Volunteer nurses were invaluably resourceful during the civil war by providing aid and comfort to wounded as well as sick soldiers. At the beginning of the national struggle, the nursing profession was dominated by men due to the consideration that women were too frail to handle the severities of administering to the wounded and sick. The insufficient medical supplies and insufficient medical treatment in
On the other side of the world, Mary Seacole learnt about nursing from her mother which was informal unlike Florence Nightingales training. When she heard about the terrible medical conditions in the Crimean war it triggered her decision to go to London and offer her services as a nurse in the conflict. After Elizabeth Herbert rejected her offer because she was black, she paid for her own passage out to the Crimea. She says in her book Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole “the fact that, had there been a vacancy, I should not have been chosen to fill it.” This shows her determination to help the soldiers in the Crimean war, even though she was rejected by Nightingales companion. Unlike Florence Nightingale who was asked to go there, she went there herself to help.
Chapter 14 Essay (#5) Women played a very significant role during the civil war. For example, since men left to fight in the war, vast amounts of women had to take the roles of men in multiple aspects such as teachers, office workers, and many other professions in which they were obligated to comply in order to maintain an attempt at having a stable community during war time. Even though women took many different jobs men dominated previously, the profession in which most women found themselves during the civil war was in nursing. Besides being workers during tough times, women such as Susan B. Anthony led other women into reforms movements like women’s suffrage and abolition. During the civil war, women played a very significant role because they took many roles
She then worked in Washington DC as a government nurse. Harriet was loved for her work. At the end of the war, Harriet returned to her parents in Auburn. She was extremely poor and the profits of a book by Sarah Bradford entitled “Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman,” published in 1869 were a great help. In 1870, Harriet married Nelson Davis, who she had met at a South Carolina army base.
Some women “felt they were needed at home to raise families, crops for food and to fill the jobs that the men had vacated in order to serve their country.”(Suite101) Women’s lives on the home front during World War II were a significant part of the war effort for all participants and had a major impact on the outcome of the war. Once the men went off to war and left their jobs, the women that were single had a great advantage because job opportunities were everywhere. In the other hand married women had a tough time, especially if they had children. Hundreds of women worked in machine shops, welding shops, manufacturing plants, and also worked in war industries to make equipment for the war. New industries, naval, and army bases were being built during the home front.
Using fewer sedatives that promoted a normal circadian cycle prevented delirium. Whereas mobilizing early while they are awake and alert prevented muscle weakness from occurring. In return, patients spent fewer days in the hospital and were able to return to their daily lives. E. Historical Nursing Figure A historical nursing figure that has impacted my professional nursing practice is Mary Seacole. Seacole was a black Jamaican nurse who wanted to help Florence Nightingale’s team of nurses during the Crimean War but her efforts were thwart due to her skin color.
Nursing was a popular occupation for many women during the Civil War. At least 3,000 women held apid nursing postions in the North and South, and thousands of others worked as volunteers. "The war is certainly ours as well as men's" said Kate Cummings, of Mobile, Alabama, who became the matron of a large Confederate hospital. Authorities were wary of putting young girls in intimate contact with bedridden soldiers. Dorothea Dix, when she became superintendent of Union nurses, set a minimum age of thirty for her volunteers and demanded that they be "plain looking women" As the war went on and theneed for medical assistance became more desperate, Dix ignored her own regulations.
Even famous Rosie the Riveter once said, “We Can Do It!” (Panchyk 57) Women played a huge role in World War II. One of the important roles was working in the military. They served in all three services, Army, Air Force and Navy. When the government was recruiting women into the Army, they made it sound glamorous. When the women joined the Army, they did not get glamorous jobs.
Until July 1943 where the army general authorized a formal 4 week training program for newly signed nurses, the program stressed: field sanitation, defense against air, chemical, and machine attacks. From July 1943 to September 1945 about 27,000 graduated from 15 training centers (bellafaire) quite a mark up from the beginning bombs at Pearl Harbor. After all this the government decided they had enough nurses in the army to stop recruiting so they did just that, then a later quota came out saying they were short of nurses and of course, critics said that nurses were avoiding their military duties, a collapse of the Red Cross recruiting networks was partially to blame. In January 1945 the president, F.D.R at the time issued a state of addressing saying that there was a great shortage of army nurses and medical units in Europe, he proposed a bill that was going to pass but Germany
Women began wanting more rights, and nurses in the war were given those rights and were also rewarded for their services as well. (http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets5.html)Specifically, “Nurses received 1,619 medals, citations, and commendations during the war, reflecting dedication and courage of all who served.” They also got “6 or more battle stars, [which is] far more than the typical Dogface Infantryman.” (www.salem-news.com) Women’s involvement in the war was the beginning of women wants more rights and equality with