Publisher:UBC Press, 2017Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.
- Author: Quiney, Linda J.Date:Created2017Summary:
With her linen head scarf and white apron emblazoned with a red cross, the Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse, or VAD, has become a romantic emblem of the Great War. This book tells the story of the nearly 2,000 women from Canada and Newfoundland who volunteered to “do their bit” overseas and at home. Well-educated and middle-class but largely untrained, VADs were excluded from Canadian military hospitals overseas (the realm of the professional nurse) but helped solve Britain’s nursing deficit. Their struggle to secure a place at their brothers’ bedsides reveals much about the tensions surrounding amateur and professional nurses and women’s evolving role outside the home.Subject(s): Medical Care | Military nursing | Women | World War (1914-1918) | Canada | Nurses | Voluntary aid detachments | Newfoundland and LabradorOriginal Publisher: [S.l.], UBC PressLanguage(s): English