The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will host authors Elizabeth Scannell-Desch and Mary Ellen Doherty when they discuss their compelling book, Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan. The book presents the experiences of 37 military nurses and the challenges and dangers they faced caring for soldiers from deployment to discharge in mobile surgical field hospitals, detainee care centers, base and city hospitals, Medivac aircraft, and aeromedical staging units.

Invited members of the Rutgers–Camden campus community, including nursing students and alumni, and members of the South Jersey nursing community, including representatives from Cooper University Hospital, Kennedy University Hospital, and Virtua will join the authors in the discussion. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.

Scannell-Desch is a professor and former chair in the Division of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. From 1972 to 1997, she was an Air Force nurse, rising from the rank of lieutenant, clinical nurse to colonel, command nurse executive at U.S. Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon. She is a highly decorated senior military officer who has won civilian honors from the Veteran’s Administration, Rutgers University, and the Foundation of New York State Nurses.

Doherty is an associate professor of nursing at Western Connecticut State University. Her nursing specialization includes nurse-midwifery, childbirth education, maternal-newborn nursing, and family practice. Her research focuses on women’s health, widowhood during pregnancy (following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), therapeutic alliance, decision making in formulating birth plans, and midwifery care.

For more information about the event and to register, contact Sonia Krutzke at (856) 225-6544 or at  


When is it?

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 3:00pm

Where is it?

Campus Center, Multi-Purpose Room