More than bombs and bandages – Australian nurses in WW1

This is a guest post by historian Kirsty Harris about her book ‘More than Bombs and Bandages, which is about Australian World War 1 nursing practice. Kirsty is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at Melbourne University.

Australian Army nurses attached to the Egyptian Government Hospital, Suez, 1918 courtesy  Judith Doig

Australian Army nurses attached to the Egyptian Government Hospital, Suez, 1918. (courtesy of Judith Doig)

I come from a family of trained nurses – both of my grandmothers, a great aunt and my mother were nurses and my younger sister is still a nurse (she trained at the Alfred Hospital) – and my grandfather was a doctor. However, as I have bad needlephobia, faint at the sight of blood and have trouble visiting hospitals without passing out, I am relegated in the family to writing about nurses.

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Nurse Uncut end-of-2014 contest – what’s best about being a nurse or midwife?

To celebrate another great year on the Nurse Uncut blog and to thank you all for reading, commenting and in some cases writing for the blog in 2014, we have an incredibly easy contest.

To enter, simply write one sentence in the comments below – or in Comments on our Facebook page – saying what the best thing about being a nurse or midwife is for you.

[If you’re shy and don’t want to post online, simply send us an email to nurseuncut at with your name and address to enter.]


First prize is a $100 Coles/Myer gift card – sure to be handy at this time of year.

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Stevie’s EN diary: ‘It’s that time of the year’

In this diary entry, new grad EN Stevie talks about mental health – in patients and nurses.

‘It’s that time of the year’. You will hear that said a lot in the unit at the moment – referring to Christmas. Not Christmas songs or Christmas decorations or Christmas food or Christmas shopping. Referring to the utter misery that some people feel at Christmas. So much misery, in fact, that people feel attempting suicide is their only choice. I know this is a heavy topic to talk about, but Christmas simply isn’t ‘happy happy joy joy’ for everyone and perhaps we should be mindful of that.


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How Australians can get nursing jobs in the UK

There are several new steps to finding a nursing job in Britain. Brit Peacock takes us through them.

The National Health Service (NHS) is considered one of the best and most effective health service systems in the world. Since its incarnation following World War Two, it has seen some wonderful breakthroughs and advances in care and treatment.

With this comes the prestige and privilege you feel and receive when working for the NHS. They are constantly looking for new, skilled and qualified staff to make a difference to people’s lives.


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When the (NSWNMA) Lamp met another lamp in Fiji

Georgina Hoddle writes about travelling to a recent Christian nurses conference in Fiji.

“Healthcare professionals need to recognise that in healthcare we join people on their life journey and for a time we travel with them. We need to understand better who they are and how we can work with them as partners on that journey. Central to this is the understanding of them as individuals who have many dimensions, including a spiritual one”. Sarah Mullally, former Chief Nursing Officer, UK NHS (2004)

As I was packing my car to drive to Sydney, a last minute check revealed The Lamp (October) in my letterbox. I was on my way to Fiji to meet up with the Fijian Nurses Christian Fellowship (FNCF) and delegates from 15 other countries for a four-day Pacific and East Asia (PACEA) Regional Conference on Compassion: the Cornerstone of Care. I already knew that the national symbol of FNCF was, in fact, a lamp.


The Next Generation.

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