'To walk quietly into a hail of lead to bandage and carry away a wounded man, that is worth talking about'.- The Physical and Psycho-Social Demands Made on Stretcher Bearers in WW1

John Wells

Waterford Institute of Technology

Professor John Wells is Head of the School of Health Science at Waterford Institute of Technology. Born in London, educated in the UK, Professor Wells qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1988 and holds a PhD from King's College London. He worked in a number of London based clinical services before transitioning to an academic career. He has worked in Ireland since 1998, and sat on various Irish national advisory committees in the health and nursing arena, including as a board member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. He is a visiting Professor in Nursing aat King's College London and the University of Maribor and a Visiting Professor in Mental Health and Social Integration at Lincoln University. He is a Senior Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow; editorial board member of The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services and an International Ambassador Vision 20/20 initiative, Drexel University, USA.

Michael Bergin

Waterford Institute of Technology

xDr Michael Bergin lectures in Health Psychology and Qualitative Data Analysis Software methodologies in the School of Health Science at Waterford Institute of Technology. He has an internationally recognised expertise in the field of Realist Social Theory and has published extensively in this area. He has of late developed an interest in the application of Realist Social Theory to explore the development of medical care in times of conflict. In this regard he and Professor Wells have developed a significant interest in the role development of stretcher bearers in WW1. He is a Senior Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and a Fellow of the Faculty of Improvement Science in the UK.


Background The First World War created a gendered cultural construction of ‘tough men and tender women’. Masculinity was constructed as a willingness to fight as a test of manhood. This was affirmed by a complimentary... [ view full abstract ]


  1. John Wells (Waterford Institute of Technology)
  2. Michael Bergin (Waterford Institute of Technology)

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Topics: Caring in Times of Conflict


CTC » Caring in Times of Conflict (15:00 - Wednesday, 9th November, Seminar Room 2.51)

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