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Filipino Nurses and the US Navy at Hampton Roads, Virginia: The Importance of Place

Filipino Nurses and the US Navy at Hampton Roads, Virginia: The Importance of Place FilipinoNursesandtheUSNavyatHampton Roads,Virginia:TheImportanceof Place ReynaldoCapucaoJr. UniversityofVirginia “Place”hasgreatrelevanceforunderstandingtheworkingsofFilipinonursesat specifictimesinhistory.FollowingtheargumentsofJ.NicholasEntrikin,this articleshowshow“humanexperienceisalwaysrootedinplace.”¹Inparticular, it examines Filipino nurses in the United States as a reflection of their loca- tionsinproximitytoAmericannavalbasessuchastheHamptonRoadsregion in Virginia. Filipino-Americans, an understudied immigrant group, have had a substantial impact on the nursing profession in Virginia, nationally, and internationally. Indeed, in the United States, Filipino nurses constitute a cru- cial labor supply, comprising the majority of internationally educated nurses in the country. Because Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world with the largest Filipino population on the East coast, resides within HamptonRoads,thisareabecameaplaceforthemigrationofFilipinonurses. It influenced their futures, and that of nursing, in significant ways. Indeed, the vibrancy of Naval Station Norfolk in Hampton Roads, Virginia, as a site for Filipino nursing cultivation illuminates the centrality of place for Filipino nurses. The concept of “place” also has relevance for understanding the work- ings of imperialism. Indeed, race, gender, class, and culture were important in shaping Filipino nurses’ experiences in the United States. The professional educationofFilipinonursesdatesbacktothelatenineteenthandearlytwen- tiethcenturiesaftertheUnitedStatesdefeatedSpainintheSpanishAmerican War.ThiswasaformativetimeforUnitedStatesoverseasexpansion.Themil- itary played an important role during the war as an outlet for white nurses, who had worked during the war, to gain permanent professional recognition backhome.ThennewlyprofessionalizedAmericannursescametothePhilip- pines and forged a modern nursing identity among Filipino nurses http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Filipino Nurses and the US Navy at Hampton Roads, Virginia: The Importance of Place

Nursing History Review , Volume 28 (1): 12 – Sep 19, 2019

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FilipinoNursesandtheUSNavyatHampton Roads,Virginia:TheImportanceof Place ReynaldoCapucaoJr. UniversityofVirginia “Place”hasgreatrelevanceforunderstandingtheworkingsofFilipinonursesat specifictimesinhistory.FollowingtheargumentsofJ.NicholasEntrikin,this articleshowshow“humanexperienceisalwaysrootedinplace.”¹Inparticular, it examines Filipino nurses in the United States as a reflection of their loca- tionsinproximitytoAmericannavalbasessuchastheHamptonRoadsregion in Virginia. Filipino-Americans, an understudied immigrant group, have had a substantial impact on the nursing profession in Virginia, nationally, and internationally. Indeed, in the United States, Filipino nurses constitute a cru- cial labor supply, comprising the majority of internationally educated nurses in the country. Because Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world with the largest Filipino population on the East coast, resides within HamptonRoads,thisareabecameaplaceforthemigrationofFilipinonurses. It influenced their futures, and that of nursing, in significant ways. Indeed, the vibrancy of Naval Station Norfolk in Hampton Roads, Virginia, as a site for Filipino nursing cultivation illuminates the centrality of place for Filipino nurses. The concept of “place” also has relevance for understanding the work- ings of imperialism. Indeed, race, gender, class, and culture were important in shaping Filipino nurses’ experiences in the United States. The professional educationofFilipinonursesdatesbacktothelatenineteenthandearlytwen- tiethcenturiesaftertheUnitedStatesdefeatedSpainintheSpanishAmerican War.ThiswasaformativetimeforUnitedStatesoverseasexpansion.Themil- itary played an important role during the war as an outlet for white nurses, who had worked during the war, to gain permanent professional recognition backhome.ThennewlyprofessionalizedAmericannursescametothePhilip- pines and forged a modern nursing identity among Filipino nurses

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 19, 2019

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