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A Bold Profession

A Bold Profession

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African Nurses in Rural Apartheid South Africa Black nurses have played critical roles in rural South African clinics. Charged with administering valuable and life-saving health care measures despite a lack of equipment and personnel, nurses have had to navigate the intersections of traditional African healing practices, changing gender relations, and increasing educational and economic opportunities for South Africa’s Black middle class.

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  • Format: 228 x 152mm
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-7969-2659-3
  • Publish Year: HSRC Press
  • Rights: African Rights

African Nurses in Rural Apartheid South Africa Black nurses have played critical roles in rural South African clinics. Charged with administering valuable and life-saving health care measures despite a lack of equipment and personnel, nurses have had to navigate the intersections of traditional African healing practices, changing gender relations, and increasing educational and economic opportunities for South Africa’s Black middle class. Leslie Anne Hadfield compellingly demonstrates how between the 1960s and 1980s, women were able to successfully carve out their own professional space and reshape notions of health and healing in the Eastern Cape. Bringing forth the stories of these nurses in their own voices, A Bold Profession is an homage to their dedication to the well-being of their communities. Hadfield sheds light on the struggles of balancing commitment to career and family lives during an oppressive apartheid. The volume fills an important gap for scholars studying the history of women, nursing, and health care in South Africa, illuminating the humanity of health care workers.

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