HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 19, 2013 – Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic, associate professor of history at High Point University, recently had an essay published in “The Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing.”
Vuic’s essay discusses nurses’ experiences during wartime and evaluates how they have used their service to advance the position of women in militaries and nations throughout the world. The book is a collection of essays exploring new perspectives and methodologies in the nursing history.
She argues popular images of war nurses as immaculately-clad, romantically inclined women hide a much more complicated history of the women and men who have served in wartime.
“Nurses often used their service as a claim for greater positions in militaries or for more rights in society,” says Vuic. “Men who served as nurses during wartime paved the way for the greater acceptance of men in the field. Even women, who in many ways conformed to their culture’s expected gender norms claimed power through their service.”
The essay draws on Vuic’s book about the U.S. army’s recruitment and utilization of nurses during the Vietnam War, “Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War.”
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