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I Think You Should Get a Job as a Nurse

I Think You Should Get a Job as a Nurse KATHLEEN S. HANSON College of Nursing University of ~ois at Cbicago Introduction "Sdf-sadicing and noble" or "impulsive and driven by sentimcntn are typical terms used to describe the motives of women who worked in the hospitals of the Union and Confedtratt forces.1 'While such language im- parts a sense of the almism and urgenq that existed in the work of many Civil Wx nurses, it minimizes the comp1Pdty of the interp1ay bemeen fix- tors that led these women m choose this new public role. Life decisions of this magnitude are more likely to be hmcd in the con- of pasr life ex- periences, individual and societal values, and the current went. The corn- plexity of these decisions has been the subject of research among nursing historians. Recent research on CiviI War nurses by Quincealea Brunk high- ligh~ the patriotic and moral imperatives that motivated two women to take on the role of nurse.a Barbara Mann Wall suggats that changing popular public opinion about Catholics played as much a part in tbe deci- sion to send the Sisters ofthe Holy Cross to war as did humanitarian con- cern~.~ In this study, I examhe the decisions of three women, Phoebe Pembcr, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

I Think You Should Get a Job as a Nurse

Nursing History Review , Volume 5 (1): 12 – Jan 1, 1997

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KATHLEEN S. HANSON College of Nursing University of ~ois at Cbicago Introduction "Sdf-sadicing and noble" or "impulsive and driven by sentimcntn are typical terms used to describe the motives of women who worked in the hospitals of the Union and Confedtratt forces.1 'While such language im- parts a sense of the almism and urgenq that existed in the work of many Civil Wx nurses, it minimizes the comp1Pdty of the interp1ay bemeen fix- tors that led these women m choose this new public role. Life decisions of this magnitude are more likely to be hmcd in the con- of pasr life ex- periences, individual and societal values, and the current went. The corn- plexity of these decisions has been the subject of research among nursing historians. Recent research on CiviI War nurses by Quincealea Brunk high- ligh~ the patriotic and moral imperatives that motivated two women to take on the role of nurse.a Barbara Mann Wall suggats that changing popular public opinion about Catholics played as much a part in tbe deci- sion to send the Sisters ofthe Holy Cross to war as did humanitarian con- cern~.~ In this study, I examhe the decisions of three women, Phoebe Pembcr,

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1997

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