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Laurie Stoff

This article discusses the experiences of Russian nurses in World War I. An examination of Russia's sisters of mercy—as Russian nurses prior to 1918 were called—in World War I reveals the significance of women's medical service and exposes the fallacy of the notion of war as a distinctly male experience. Russian women's wartime nursing experiences share many of the features of the male war experience. Although conventional wisdom draws lines of demarcation between the active killing and dying of combat and the passive nurturance and support of nursing, in reality, Russian women's wartime medical service blurred such separations. In many ways, the narratives of female medical personnel mirror those of male combat personnel. The nurses who served in Russia during World War I indicate clearly the variety of ways that women intersected with and were affected by the war and the inadequacies of gendered notions of wartime experience.

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Scott Maisano

apprentice HICKET, a braggart knight sans arms SQUINT [or SQUIRT], his squire ANTONIO AFRICANUS, the confessor and chaplain PILLICOCK, a fantastical sick-nurse of the men’s ward SLAPBAG, a lascivious gipsy TURTLE, his ape ENDYMION, a

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The Case of the United States (2)

Reframing the COVID-19 Crisis as a Problem

Iva A. Terwilliger, Kevin J. O'Leary, and Julie K. Johnson

use nurse staffing during COVID-19 as a case study to explain why hospitals need to rethink how they approach problems. Goals This article proceeds as follows: we start by detailing the components of problems and the need to reframe problems. The

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‘What Makes It Nice Is Also What Makes It Difficult’

How the Introduction of an Interactive Patient Room Challenges Appropriation of Technology Among Health Care Workers

Birgitte Folmann and Regine Grytnes

understood as a technology rather than merely a space installed with technology. This means that for the nurses and midwives the room is an experience of materiality and a system of perception embedded in their working life. As such it mediates and disrupts

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“Till I Have Done All That I Can”

An Auxiliary Nurse’s Memories of World War I

Michelle Moravec

France until July 1919, providing humanitarian aid to refugee children and caring for wounded soldiers as an auxiliary nurse. Clarke’s wartime experiences might have faded into obscurity, acknowledged only generally in the lines historians have penned

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A Phone without Names

Distrust and Duress in Côte d’Ivoire

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

!” Yoro is in his fifties now, tall and portly, with a big, warm smile often covering his face. He was trained as a nurse and today has a responsible position at a major state-led hospital in Abidjan. For more than a decade, he has been active in the trade

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Paul McLoughlin, John Levett, and Rosie Garner

Anywhere on the 65 Global Distress PAUL McLOUGHLIN

Stylus The Wind Farm JOHN LEVETT

What He Says Is Things I'd Like to Say Al’s Garden Nurses’ Station ROSIE GARNER

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Inam Hüsseyin

I was only a few years old when I went into hospital for the first time. As we are a religious family, my parents worried about the food we would be served there. Since they could hardly expect the hospital to observe all the rules of the Halal diet my father simply asked the nurse not to give us pork. A few meal times later we were given sausages. I bit off a piece, but then got a bad conscience and spat it out. In order to avoid a confrontation with the nurse, I secretly dropped the sausages into the dustbin. That afternoon I told my parents about it. When my father called the nurse to account she answered in all seriousness ‘What harm is there in it?’

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Saudi Patients and Health Care Providers

Divergent Perceptions of Illnesses and Their Symptoms

Mohamed Harakati, Faissal Shaheen, Hani Tamim, Saadi Taher, Adel Al. Qublan, and Abdulla Al Sayyari

This cross-sectional survey study analyses the degree of concordance between Saudi patients and their nurses and physicians in four areas: (1) perceived causation of diseases and drivers of cure, (2) symptom ranking and perception, (3) views on social habits and traditional medicine, and (4) assessment of health care providers' empathy. The doctors and nurses were asked to predict their patients' responses to the survey. Significant divergence was found between the patients' responses and the health care providers' predictions. Cultural and background differences between the two groups, as well as a large educational gap, might account for this disparity. Such discordance could conceivably lead to wrong diagnoses being made, due to the different levels of importance that patients and doctors accord to symptoms.

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Between Us Girls

On Girls' Interpretations of Sexuality

Elena Omelchenko

In this article I deal with interpretations of sexuality that are typical of Russian girls who are learning to become blue-collar or pink-collar professionals such as, for example, public health nurses, social workers, tourism and hospitality industry workers, fashion designers, and those training for employment in services like cooking, hairdressing, and tailoring. The empirical base of this article is a set of in-depth semi-structured interviews with young women and men concerning their individual sexual experiences. I examine scenarios of feminine subjectivity within the context of discussing a first sexual experience. I look, too, at how girls exercise girl-power within the framework of communication and intimacy with a partner.