Nursing Through Shot & Shell – A Great War Nurse’s Story


Over the last year or so, I’ve developed a great interest in the role of women during the First World War and have read widely on the subject. The most interesting and informative b11039ooks are those based on personal memoir because it’s like looking into the past through a different window each time. Dr Vivien Newman’s latest book: Nursing Through Shot And Shell, A Great War Nurse’s Story, published by Pen and Sword Books is one such gem. Based on the previously unpublished memoirs of Beatrice Hopkinson, a member of the author’s family, Nursing Through Shot and Shell gives a vivid, and often uncompromising, account of what life was like for a member of the Territorial Forces Nursing Service (TFNS).

In the first section of the book, Newman provides the reader with historical background to Beatrice’s diary and this section really is invaluable. Newman’s research is impeccable and…

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An article on why we need emotional and passionate women and men in Academia

Karen O’Donnell published a post for The Guardian about why being passionate about your academic work is a good thing. Many academics might scoff at me when I say “I love this book” or “I love my research,” but why shouldn’t we love what we’re doing? I did not give up a well-paying job with benefits to live at the poverty line for 5-6 years, constantly worry about funding, not get great health insurance, and not be able to live like my other 30-year-old friends for something I am not passionate about. And as O’Donnell points out our research lives and dies with us, and we work alone for long periods of time. Passion is what keeps us going and I have no shame saying I love what I do and I’m pretty lucky to be able to do it.