Cultural Identity, Public Image and Frontier Nursing

  • Edie West


The special relationship that the Service had with the people was disrupted when the Appalachian culture began to erode in the advent of governmental interference on a much larger scale than ever before in the 1960s. The ‘image’ of nurses on horseback and babies in saddlebags, once highly esteemed by the people became suspect. After her death, Breckinridge was accused of using this image to garner funds for her Service while negatively depicting the people of the region [1]. The people also viewed the newer nurses with less respect because they wore jeans with their uniforms and the newer nurses demonstrated a lack of respect for what the uniform represented by opting to do so. The nurses also viewed the people differently than their predecessor’s due in large part to the stereotypes being exported to them [2].


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  • Edie West
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  1. 1.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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