Nurses in War

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Nurses in War

SKU# 9780826193834

Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Elizabeth Scannell-Desch PhD, RN, Mary Ellen Doherty PhD, RN, CNM

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Description 

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This unique volume presents the experience of 37 U.S. military nurses sent to the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war to care for the injured and dying. The personal and professional challenges they faced, the difficulties they endured, the dangers they overcame, and the consequences they grappled with are vividly described from deployment to discharge. In mobile surgical field hospitals and fast-forward teams, detainee care centers, base and city hospitals, medevac aircraft, and aeromedical staging units, these nurses cared for their patients with compassion, acumen, and inventiveness. And when they returned home, they dealt with their experience as they could.

The text is divided into thematic chapters on essential issues: how the nurses separated from their families and the uncertainties they faced in doing so; their response to horrific injuries that combatants, civilians and children suffered; working and living in Iraq and Afghanistan for extended periods; personal health issues; and what it meant to care for enemy insurgents and detainees. Also discussed is how the experience enhanced their clinical skills, why their adjustment to civilian life was so difficult, and how the war changed them as nurses, citizens, and people.

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Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 23, 2012
  • Page Count 296
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826193834
  • EISBN 9780826193841

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Table of Contents 

Forward
Preface

CHAPTERS

1 INTRODUCTION: HISTORICAL ROOTS OF U.S. MILITARY NURSING

2 DEPLOYING TO WAR: AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

3 NURSES IN HARM'S WAY: MORE THAN I BARGAINED FOR

4 LIVING CONDITIONS: A MIXED BAG

5 MY WORK PLACE: A PLANE, A TENT, OR A TRAILER

6 DIVERSIONS FROM WAR: A PIECE OF HOME

7 REMEMBRANCE OF WAR: MOST CHAOTIC SCENE

8 WAR MEMORIES: SENSATIONS ETCHED IN MY MIND

9 MY WARRIOR PATIENTS

10 CARING FOR THE ENEMY

11 CHILDREN CAUGHT IN THE CHAOS OF WAR

12 MY WARTIME NURSING STRESS: I'M A DIFFERENT PERSON NOW

13 KINSHIP AND BONDING: MY MILITARY FAMILY

14 PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: EXPANDING MY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

15 WOMEN'S HEALTH AND HYGIENE EXPERIENCES

16 PARENTAL SEPARATION

17 HOMECOMING: A DIFFICULT ADJUSTMENT

18 LISTEN TO ME: ADVICE TO DEPLOYING NURSES

19 CONCLUSION

Afterword
Glossary of Terms