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Defence Nursing Services

Nursing services is the largest specialist group within the defence medical services (DMS) and ensures "service medical personnel are ready and medically fit for deployment. This involves managing primary health care, dental care, hospital care, rehabilitation, occupational health, community mental health and specialist medical care for all military personnel." (RCN, 2014, Defence nursing: RCN guidance for nursing staff). Use this guide to find information resources about defence nursing services including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 26/02/2018

Key Resources

Briggs T (2014) The Chavasse report. Raising the bar: improving armed forces and veteran care whilst raising the NHS standards for all. A strategic partnership between the Nation, the Armed Forces and the NHS, London: British Orthopaedic Association.
Burnett Library (Defence Medical Services)
Ministry of Defence (2015) Allied joint doctrine for medical support: allied joint publication (edition B version 1), London: MoD.

Ministry of Defence (2012) Clinical guidelines for operations: Joint Services publication JSP (012), London: MoD.


Ministry of Defence (2012) Defence Medical Services: a review of compliance with the essential standards of quality and safety, London: MoD.
Ministry of Defence (2017) Mental health in the UK armed forces, London: MoD
Ministry of Defence (2015) Strategic trends programme: Future operating environment 2035, London: MoD.
Ministry of Defence (2017) The operational patient care pathway, London: MoD.
Ministry of Defence (2010) Treating injury and illness arising on military operations: Twenty–seventh Report of Session 2009–10, London: House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts.
Royal Air Force: Royal Centre for Defence Medicine: Military Nursing
  • The Academic Department of Military Nursing's mission is to undertake and support research.
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Royal College of Nursing (2017) Transitional aide memoire (TAM): a professional resource for nurses new to defence, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Transitional aide memoire (TAM): a professional resource for nurses new to defence, London: RCN.
Defence nurses’ experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan Royal College of Nursing (2015) Defence nurses’ experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan, London: RCN.
This is defence nursing Royal College of Nursing (2015) This is defence nursing, London: RCN.
Sphere Handbook (2011) Humanitarian charter and minimum standards in humanitarian response, Geneva: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
We would like to thank the RCN Defence Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Basoglu M and Salcioglu E (2011) A mental healthcare model for mass trauma survivors: control-focused behavioral treatment of earthquake, war and torture trauma. Basoglu M and Salcioglu E (2011) A mental healthcare model for mass trauma survivors: control-focused behavioral treatment of earthquake, war, and torture trauma, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dealey C (2012) The care of wounds: a guide for nurses. Dealey, C. (2012) The care of wounds: a guide for nurses, London: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Dougherty E (2015) The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures: professional edition. Dougherty E (2015) The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures: professional edition, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Giannou C and Baldan M (2010) War Surgery: working with limited resources in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence, volume 1, Geneva: International Committee for the Red Cross.
Giannou C, Baldan M and Molde A (2013) War Surgery: working with limited resources in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence, volume 2, Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross.
Grubor P (2014) Treatment of war wounds to the extremities, New York: Nova Publishers.
Hutchings S (2016) Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice. New York: Springer. Hutchings S (2016) Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice. New York: Springer.
Jones E, and Wessely S (2005) Shell shock to PTSD: military psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf War, Hove: Psychology Press. Jones E, and Wessely S (2005) Shell shock to PTSD: military psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf War, Hove: Psychology Press.
Kushner AL (2017) Operation Crisis: surgical care in the developing world during conflict and disaster, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Kushner AL (2017) Operation Crisis: surgical care in the developing world during conflict and disaster, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Great Britain. House of Commons. Committee of Public Accounts (2010) Ministry of Defence: treating injury and illness arising on military operation. 27th report of session 2009-10: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence. London: Stationery Office

Book subject searches

Use these links to see details of books the RCN libraries hold on each topic.

Journal articles

Journals

Journals of interest for defence nursing services. Use these links to see details of availability.

Exhibitions

RCN Exhibition: For Queen and Country: Nursing, Trauma and War

Nursing History Collection

Fell A (2013) First World War nursing: new perspectives, Abingdon: Routledge. Fell A (2013) First World War nursing: new perspectives, Abingdon: Routledge.
Hallett E (2014) Veiled warriors: allied nurses of the First World War, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hallett E (2014) Veiled warriors: allied nurses of the First World War, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McEwen Y (2014) In the company of nurses: the history of the British Army Nursing Service in the Great War, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. McEwen Y (2014) In the company of nurses: the history of the British Army Nursing Service in the Great War, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Mortimer B (2012) Sisters: memories from the courageous nurses of world war two, London: Hutchinson. Mortimer B (2012) Sisters: memories from the courageous nurses of world war two, London: Hutchinson.
Scannell-Desch E (2012) Nurses in war: voices from Iraq and Afghanistan, New York: Springer Publishing. Scannell-Desch E (2012) Nurses in war: voices from Iraq and Afghanistan, New York: Springer Publishing.

Special collections

Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
Harrison A (1944) Grey and scarlet: letters from the war areas by Army sisters on active service, London : Hodder and Stoughton.
Her Majesty Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (1922) Reminiscent sketches: 1914 to 1919, London: John Bale Sons & Danielsson.
Taylor M (1857) Eastern hospitals and English nurses: the narrative of twelve months' experience in the hospitals of Koulali and Scutari, London: Hurst and Blackett.

Historical journals

Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956)
  • Digitised journal available online.
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Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing (2012-)
Nursing History Review (1997-)
Nursing Mirror (1907-1985)
Nursing Times (1905- )

Archives

The RCN Archive contains some of the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK. Visitors by appointment in Edinburgh.
Private papers
  • The Florence Nightingale Digitization Project (available online).
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  • British Commonwealth Nurses War Memorial Fund Book of Honour (reference C82).
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  • Doreen Norton - British Commonwealth Nurses War Memorial Fund (reference C457).
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Medals
  • Three typical First World War medals - the Mons Star, General Service medal and the Victory Medal issued to nurse Margaret Collins who served with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 (reference C581).
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Oral histories
  • Barbara Greenwood of the Naval Nursing Service during the Second World War (reference T/405).
    RCN Archive Catalogue
Photographs
  • The earliest wartime photographs in the Archive are from the album ofAnnie Warren Gill, who served as a military nurse during the 2nd South African War (aka Boer War) (reference C580).
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Nate Evuarherhe

Nate Evuarherhe

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