Memorial Day: Wound Dresser

Here in the States, we mark Memorial Day today. NursingWriting honors in particular those nurses who have died in military service.

Today is the also the birthday of poet Walt Whitman, who served in a nursing capacity in military hospitals during the American Civil War. Here is a section of his poem “The Wound-Dresser”:

On, on I go, (open doors of time! open hospital doors!)

The crush’d head I dress (poor crazed hand tear not the bandage away),

The neck of the cavalry-man with the bullet through and through I examine,

Hard the breathing rattles, quite glazed already the eye, yet life struggles hard

(Come sweet death! be persuaded O beautiful death!

In mercy come quickly).

From the stump of the arm, the amputated hand,

I undo the clotted lint, remove the slough, wash off the matter and blood,

Back on his pillow the soldier bends with curv’d neck and side-falling head,

His eyes are closed, his face is pale, he dares not look on the bloody stump,

And has not yet look’d on it.

I dress a wound in the side, deep, deep,

But a day or two more, for see the frame all wasted and sinking,

And the yellow-blue countenance see.

I dress the perforated shoulder, the foot with the bullet-wound,

Cleanse the one with a gnawing and putrid gangrene, so sickening, so offensive,

While the attendant stands behind aside me holding the tray and pail.

I am faithful, I do not give out,

The fractur’d thigh, the knee, the wound in the abdomen,

These and more I dress with impassive hand (yet deep in my breast a fire, a burning flame).


CFP: Feminist Currents on Health Care

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies is delighted to introduce readers to a new interactive column, “Feminist Currents,” by Eileen Boris, Hull Professor and chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the paragraph below Boris poses a question to our readers and all interested feminists, whether they find this column in Frontiers or on any number of postings in cyber space. All are invited to e-mail Frontiers their answers, which Boris will edit by synthesizing and summarizing. Her intent is to cook up a gumbo out of our responses: mixing, seasoning, and throwing in her own ingredients, as she enables us to engage in feminist dialectic. Boris’s response will appear in our next spring issue along with another question posed by her. We see this exchange as a way to strengthen and enrich our feminist community. Or, in Boris’s words, “‘Feminist Currents’ is a place for feminists to debate pressing and not so pressing (sometimes whimsical but hopefully compelling) issues of the day, to share perspectives and thoughts, develop strategies, and connect scholarship and teaching to social justice.”

A Question: The fate of health care reform is still up for grabs. We do not know what the final bill will look like or what the outcome will be—or whether getting the people’s business done will trump the misinformation and noise of this summer. What stakes do women have as women in the politics of health care? While scholars have uncovered the workings of gender in the shaping of medical research and delivery, here we want to collect personal experiences and prescriptions for change from feminist perspectives.

Replies:You can respond in two different ways. You can give your answer on the Frontiers Facebook page ( ). Or you can email your reflections, from 30 to 300 words, to  no later than September 1, 2011. In your subject line please type “Feminist Currents.” Unless you notify us otherwise in your email, your response signifies that we may paraphrase your thoughts, quote directly from them, and use your name and affiliation.

FRONTIERS: A Journal of Women Studies, Arizona State University, PO Box 874302, Tempe, AZ 85287-4302

Residential Fellow, National Humanities Center

Interested in thinking outside the disciplinary box or know someone who is? Consider this residential fellowship at the National Humanities Center, which is open to scholars in a variety of fields.

National Humanities Center, Fellowships in the Humanities

The national Humanities Center offers forty residential fellowships (September 2011 through May 2012) for advanced study in history, literature, philosophy, and all other fields of the humanities. Applicants from the arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions are also eligible if their work has a humanistic dimension. Most fellowships are unrestricted, but several are designated for particular fields, including one fellowship for young women in philosophy, and fellowships for any scholars in the following fields: environmental studies; art history; theology; American art; Asian studies. Senior and younger scholars from all nations may apply. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials and must have a record of publication. The Center does not offer fellowships for new Ph.D.s to revise their dissertations.

Stipends up to $60,000 are individually determined based on half-salary. Round-trip travel for Fellows and immediate family is also provided. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s endowment, private foundation grants, alumni contributions, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Application deadline for 2011-2012 fellowships is October 15, 2010. For application material and instructions, see website

CFP: History of Postwar Women’s Health


Politics and Practices: The History of Post-war Women’s Health, 22nd-23rd October 2010, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

This two-day conference will bring together researchers interested in the history of post-war women’s health. In contrast to most histories of women’s health which focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this conference aims to showcase research on the politics, policy and practice of women’s health after 1945, a much less studied yet dynamic era for women as patients, providers, caregivers, policy-makers, and activists.

We invite proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes in length. We especially look forward to receiving proposals on the following themes, in ANY national context:

  • – Women’s formal health care work: medical and nursing professionals, allied health workers
  • – Women’s informal provision of health care: home care, voluntary work
  • – Women as makers and objects of health policy in post-war states
  • – Women’s everyday health practices: self-care, pharmaceuticals, hygiene, prevention
  • – Sexual health/health and sexuality
  • – Reproductive health, reproduction, and mothering
  • – Mental health, institutions, and activism
  • – Women’s health activism and feminist health politics
  • – The gendering of self-help and the consumer health movement
  • – Women and biomedical research: standards, trials, consent practices
  • – ‘Female’ diseases and their sufferers
  • – Women and post-war epidemics: AIDS and cancer
  • – Ageing and women’s health
  • – Intersections of biomedical and cultural narratives about femininity and womanhood

We particularly welcome submissions from postgraduate researchers. Bursaries to cover transportation and other costs for postgraduates may be available. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the conference organisers, Dr Emma Jones( and Dr Elizabeth Toon (

Please submit paper proposals (300 words) to . The deadline for submission is 15 JUNE 2010.

Nursing Writing in Summer Mode

With the end of the academic year for most of us in the States (including our home UConn), NursingWriting now goes into summer mode, which entails fewer calls for submissions posted here.

It is likely that we will still update NursingWriting weekly, but usually only with one new post per week.

Summer is a time to catch up on those scholarly projects sidelined by teaching and “other duties as required,” including conference presentations that need to be developed into journal article manuscripts!

CFS: J of Nursing Law

The Journal of Nursing Law addresses issues of concern to lawyers, nurses, policy makers, and ethicists. It is the only journal analyzing nursing law relating to nursing practice, education, and administration. Emphasis is placed on emerging trends in the law with suggestions for how nurses and lawyers can influence these trends. Our audience includes nurse attorneys, bioethicists, legislators, practicing nurses, nurse educators, and nurse administrators. Official journal of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Visit Journal of Nursing Law Online to view recent issues or subscribe:  or

CFP: J of Vascular Nursing

Journal of Vascular Nursing (Official Publication of the Society for Vascular Nursing)

New authors—ready to submit your work? Seasoned authors—we need you. Submit to Journal of Vascular Nursing, your source for clinical information regarding aortic and peripheral aneurysms, upper and lower extremity arterial disease, acute and chronic venous disease, and more. Original, peer-reviewed articles present descriptions, etiologies, diagnostic procedures, medical and surgical treatment and nursing implications of vascular system disorders. Access the journal at

Cindy Lewis, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Editor-in-Chief

For more information or to submit an article to Journal of Vascular Nursing, visit the online submission system at