How Nurses In World War One Contributed To The Anzac Legend

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Social Science – World War One – Isabella Laurens
Hypothesis; Nurses in World War One contributed to the ANZAC legend because they defied expectations - To what extent did your type of person benefit the war effort and contribute to the ANZAC spirit and legacy?

In the August of 1914, Australia joined the war. This would be the start of a major event in History that would change the lives of all Australians. With the help of Australian nurses, the war was won. They made do with what they had and were able to provide good health care despite the lack of supplies and nurses built strong relationships with their patients becoming more than just medical staff. My hypothesis is Nurses in world war one contributed to the ANZAC legend because they …show more content…

Source 4 is an inspiring story about a nurse that left for war against her mother's wishes. Alice Ross-King had trained as a nurse and wanted to go put her skills into action, helping the wounded. But her mother was reluctant to let her go. This is significant because most of the population were excited to go to war and didn't understand the full scale of destruction. On the 22nd of July 1916, when making her way back to her tent a bomb struck the hospital and that night while rallying around helping the injured she earned herself the military medal only one of seven given to Australian nurses. She left a legacy, after the war she received two more renowned awards ‘The Florence Nightingale Award and Associate Royal Red Cross Award. A new award has been left in her name ‘Alice Appleford Memorial Award’. Alice was clear example of a strong, independent woman. Females of …show more content…

Because of this, they left a legacy that we are still talking about today. In source 1, a nurse aboard a hospital ship started work at 9 am and didn’t stop until 2 in the following morning. She worked a 20-hour shift with 76 patients to look after. In the modern day, the nurse to patient ratio is 1:4. 'altogether 250 patients to look after… One loses sight of all the honour and the glory in the work we are doing' (Gallipoli and the ANZACS, n.d.) (Cochrane, 2004)This shows that this nurse had even more patients and people had started to realise the full effect of the war. In source 5, Nellie Morrice wrote home 'We are so tired when we get off duty that we just crawl into bed as soon as we can'. (Siers, 2013) This means that some nurses might not have been able to work to their full potential and provide life-saving health care. Maybe, this is why the death rates in hospitals were higher than on the battlefield. We might have to be careful when using this source because it is of an Australian site and was created by the government so to make the situations better than they were they could have tinted some of the accounts. Although overworked nurses built strong relationships with their

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