War time experiences of triage and resuscitation: Australian Army nurses in the Vietnam War, 1967-1971

Biedermann, Narelle E., and Harvey, Nichole R. (2001) War time experiences of triage and resuscitation: Australian Army nurses in the Vietnam War, 1967-1971. Accident and Emergency Nursing, 9 (3). pp. 138-142.

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Abstract

The experiences of nurses in war is prolifically described in the North American scholarly literature, and in the Australian nursing literature to a lesser extent. The literature describes the plights and achievements of nurses caring for soldiers and civilians often under the most undesirable of circumstances. A central focus of war time nursing is the resuscitation of critically wounded soldiers. This paper addresses the experiences of the Australian Army nurses who were involved in the triage and resuscitation of critically wounded allied and enemy soldiers in the Vietnam War between 1967 and 1971. As part of a research study to explore and analyse the nature of nursing work in the Vietnam War, seventeen Vietnam veteran nurses were interviewed about their experiences. This paper explores the progression of the triage department in the Australian military hospital in Vung Tau, and it highlights that the majority of the nurses who took part in this study were clinically unprepared, particularly as emergency nurses.

Item ID: 13063
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Australian Army nurses; military nursing; oral history; resuscitation; triage; wartime nursing
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ISSN: 1878-013X
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 21:38
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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