Laurier Military Speaker Series, 2019
Linda Quiney, Feb. 6, 7:00pm at the LCMSDS
“Nursing for Victory? Canada’s Volunteer Nurses in the First World War”
*Unfortunately we have had to cancel this lecture due to the weather.*
Some 2,000 Canadian and Newfoundland women enlisted as Voluntary Aid Detachment, or VAD, nurses during the First World War, serving as auxiliary nurses in homefront and British military hospitals overseas. Undertaking the only ‘active service’ work open to women without nursing qualifications, the VADs often saw themselves more as soldiers on the wards than real nurses, but at times felt acutely aware of their amateur status. “Nursing for Victory?” examines the history, work, and experience of this shadow army of women who helped to fill a critical gap in the often overwhelmed wartime military medical services.
Linda Quiney is an Affiliate of the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. She is the author of This Small Army of Women (2017) as well as a number of articles and chapters on Canadian and Newfoundland women’s wartime voluntary work in support of the military medical services with the St. John Ambulance and Canadian Red Cross.
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