For Queen and Country: Defence Nursing Then & Now

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Date / time: 10 April, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Royal College of Nursing

For Queen and Country: Defence Nursing Then & Now

Physical and mental health injuries caused during conflict can have lasting impacts that endure for many years. As the evolution of warfare presents new health challenges, nursing teams have advanced to deliver specialised and innovative care for troops.

Join us on the centenary of the Battle of Arras for the launch of a new exhibition on the history of innovations in healthcare in conflict situations. Uncover the personal stories of nurses from the First World War to Afghanistan, and find out what ‘life on ops’ past and present is really like.

The exhibition will be opened on 10 April by Corporal Stuart Robinson. Corporal Robinson served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. In February 2013, he suffered life-changing injuries, including the loss of both his legs. He will talk about his experiences of nursing care, rehabilitation and beyond, including winning a gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the first Invictus Games.

The exhibition will be introduced by guest curators Major Chris Carter (Chair of the RCN Defence Nursing Forum) and Dr Claire Chatterton (Chair of the RCN History of Nursing Society) and there will be a free drinks reception.