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Rewriting RAF nurses' history

Royal Air Force nurses have been forgotten in historical records until now, says Mark Greener.

Most of the heroes in any conflict remain unknown, their stories rarely told and rarely recorded. But when the guns fall silent and they return to civilian life, their experiences affect everyone around them. Military nurses are no exception. The battlefields of Basra may seem a long way from the backstreets of Bradford, yet war has improved our understanding of physiology and psychology, helped forge many of nursing's core skills and treatments, and contributed to numerous nursing traditions. Even today, the experiences of your military colleagues – who increasingly work alongside the NHS – raise fundamental questions about nursing culture, leadership and practice.

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