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Emails from the Edge: Letters Home from War

Royal College of Nursing event

1 Feb 2018

Hear frontline perspectives of nursing during war at a special event as part of the RCNs ‘Nursing, Trauma & War’ exhibition.

Emails from the edge Life during conflict and the frontline perspective of nursing during war will be presented at a special event held at the Royal College of Nursing Scotland (RCN) Headquarters in Edinburgh.

Run as part of the RCNs ‘Nursing, Trauma & War’ exhibition, the open evening on Tuesday 6 February, will provide insight into life on the frontline on ops past and present, through the reading of genuine letters from defence nurses to their friends and families, from the First World War to Afghanistan. This is a free event and open to all.

Readings include Pat Moody’s notes written from ‘the same bloody hospital’, as well as other letters that offer an entertaining, and often sardonic, account of life as a military nurse in the Second World War.

Letters will include those from the RCN's 'Service Scrapbooks' project, conserving and digitising the scrapbooks and diaries of First World War nurses. 

Sian Kiely, RCN Scotland’s Knowledge and Research Manager said: “Throughout history conflicts have affected the physical and mental health of service personnel and civilians, and nurses provide skilled compassionate care at every stage of the patient experience.  Our RCN Scotland event with readings of genuine letters from nurses in the armed forces to their families and friends, will share the truly human story of health care in conflict’

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