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Officer, Nurse, Woman : The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War

By: Vuic, Kara Dixon.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.War/Society/Culturey: Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (302 p.).ISBN: 9780801897139.Subject(s): Electronic books. -- local | Military nursing -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Military nursing -- Vietnam -- History -- 20th century | United States. -- Army Nurse Corps -- History -- 20th century | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Medical care -- United States | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Women -- United States | Women and warGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Officer, Nurse, Woman : The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam WarDDC classification: 959.7043373 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: "Lady, you're in the army now"; 1 "The Bright Adventure of Army Nursing": Meeting Nursing Demands for the Vietnam War; 2 "An officer and a gentleman": Gender and a Changing Army; 3 "A wonderful, horrible experience": Nursing Education and Practice; 4 "Helmets and hair curlers": Gender and Wartime Nursing; 5 "I'm afraid we're going to have to just change our ways": Wives, Mothers, and Pregnant Nurses in the Army; 6 "You mean we get women over here?": Gender and Sexuality in the War Zone
7 "Not All Women Wore Love Beads in the Sixties": Postwar Depictions of Vietnam War NursesConclusion: Officers, Nurses, and Women; Notes; Essay on Sources; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Photo Section
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: "Lady, you're in the army now"; 1 "The Bright Adventure of Army Nursing": Meeting Nursing Demands for the Vietnam War; 2 "An officer and a gentleman": Gender and a Changing Army; 3 "A wonderful, horrible experience": Nursing Education and Practice; 4 "Helmets and hair curlers": Gender and Wartime Nursing; 5 "I'm afraid we're going to have to just change our ways": Wives, Mothers, and Pregnant Nurses in the Army; 6 "You mean we get women over here?": Gender and Sexuality in the War Zone

7 "Not All Women Wore Love Beads in the Sixties": Postwar Depictions of Vietnam War NursesConclusion: Officers, Nurses, and Women; Notes; Essay on Sources; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Photo Section

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Library Journal Review

Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Vuic (history, Bridgewater Coll.) provides vivid insight into the nursing experience during the Vietnam War in a time when men and women were just beginning to rethink gender roles and norms. She explains that many young women signed on out of a sense of patriotic duty while others simply sought travel opportunities in foreign lands and put off the traditional marriage and children route expected of them. The Army Nurse Corp provided nontraditional opportunities for women while giving them a traditional role as caregiver. Facing a serious nursing shortage, the army was forced to offer equal rank, pay, and career advancement while implying that women would enjoy the attention of men from around the world and marriage proposals. While these women were educated, many holding advanced degrees, and expanding the role of nurses, they still had to cope with being objectified. As one nurse said, "You really learn how to maneuver, how to protect yourself." VERDICT Vuic demonstrates that while the army has made strides toward accepting women, it still has a long way to go. Anyone with an interest in military history or women's studies will want to read this accessible and engaging book.-Patti C. McCall, AMRI, Albany, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In her book's last chapter, Vuic (Bridgewater College) writes of the gap between the "complexity of [nurses'] experiences or the negotiation ... over the nature and meaning of their services" and the "depiction[s] of their service." With her engaging book, Vuic has done much to close this gap. The book is unflinchingly well balanced and richly nuanced. The depth and range of research reflects the book's basis in the author's dissertation. The style, however, is accessible and engaging. Vuic weaves together multifaceted stories of individual nurses, the Army Nurse Corps, and cultural representations of nurses in Vietnam with a detailed history of contested definitions of gender, nursing, and the war. The only disappointment for this reviewer was that there were not more visuals to illustrate the cultural representations Vuic critiques. That said, the photographs of recruitment materials and Vietnam nurses are judiciously chosen. Vuic's book is important reading for anyone wanting a more thorough understanding of more than just the Vietnam War or nursing history. Its relevance also encompasses enduring complexities of gender, cultural representations, and collective memory. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. D. Lagerwey Western Michigan University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

<p> Kara Dixon Vuic is an assistant professor of history at Bridgewater College.</p>

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