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Contextualising colonial and post-colonial nursing

four chapters begin to examine the embedding of Western-style nursing culture into indigenous cultures. These chapters widen our scope beyond the British Empire to include not only Australia and New Zealand, but also the Dutch East Indies and the American colonies of Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Issues such as racism and clashes of culture now come to the fore. The tensions between colonial nurses and their ‘Westernculture of medicine and the traditional practices of indigenous trainees 3 Helen Sweet and Sue Hawkins and their patients are examined, as are

in Colonial caring
Guerrilla nursing with the Friends Ambulance Unit, 1946–48

learn more about maternal and child health in order to do something about it, wherever I might be’. But she remained conflicted ‘whether to pursue more education or get a job at home to help support my parents. And if I should decide on either possibility, what would become of my unrealized dream of having a family and home of my own?’92 During her cultural adaptation in Yenan, a new identity had emerged that was intersecting with and antagonistic to the Western culture into which Stanley had been born and socialised.93 An unexpected and, in some respects, unwelcomed

in Colonial caring