Journal of Professional Nursing

Potential for Professional Profit:  The Making of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service 1914-1915 

Jan Rodgers, RGON, RM, PhD., Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Massey University 

Reference:  Rodgers, J. (1996). Potential for Professional Profit:  The making of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service.  1914-1915 Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 11(2), 4-12


This article examines the development of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service between August 1914 and April 1015.  War was seen as an opportunity to further promote the new order of nursing and nurses fought against the employment of amateur war-time workers to help with nursing duties.  However, despite the central place trained nurses held in civilian nursing by 1914, they faced gender-based barriers in order to achieve a place within military structures during World War I.

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