Nursing In World War II

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Nursing in World War II

Matthew M Schwebel

Chaffey College

Nursing in World War II was a pivotal role that changed the history of nursing. Nurses were finally accredited this time as the profession exploded to solve the nursing shortage in the military. As now most nurses were women same as today with much less male workers, as the profession continues to change more male are willing to help, this war is where nursing became quite popular. World war II really showed us how prepared we really were, with medical units and soldiers.
World War II was one of the most if not the most violent battle to this day; it was a war fought in the seas, on land, and in the air for about six years, accumulating millions of wounded that needed medical
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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…show more content…
Nurses’ and doctors would perform triage to determine where and how the patient was to be sent; improper evacuation could and did lead to troops losing their lives. With what little tools the surgeons had they used them to operate on troops that were seriously wounded, stabilized them just to send them to an evacuation hospital, with only about 8 operations a day patients were stacking up. This war was the first to use air evacuation, with many dangers obvious: enemy fire, crashing, and little surgical tools on board leaving nurses to critically think and improvise on the spot. With these dangers in plain sight, only 46 soldiers died on route out of 1.1 million (bellafaire), nurses did their jobs right.
Overall nursing in World War II created many opportunities. Nurses got a formal recognition in the armed forces. The war created the chain of evacuation through the air, which at first was quite risky but has improved and is still to this day. The trials that nurses encountered and achieve were amazing, with what little tools and so many patients they rocked the German’s, medically of
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