For the first time, Vietnam nurses reveal the horrors they witnessed, the care they provided, and the emotional scars they bear in a documentary on cable television’s Women’s Entertainment, or WE tv.
“Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney” debuts 10:00 PM ET Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, and repeats the following day at 6:00 PM. Delaney, who portrayed Army nurse Colleen McMurphy on the ABC-TV series “China Beach,” narrates the documentary by Creative Street Entertainment.
It’s based on an upcoming book, The Fine Art of Nursing Care: Lessons in Healing from War and Art, by Margaret Carson, RN, PhD, and Linda Finke, RN, PhD, according to publisher Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.
The book is expected to be released in spring 2007.
Carson and Finke interviewed 172 nurses who served in Vietnam, uncovering “an immense reservoir of buried pain and post-traumatic stress disorder,” Sigma Theta Tau said in a July 13, 2006, news release.
“We knew this was a significant story, not only for nursing, but for American history,” Sigma Theta Tau CEO Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAAN, said in a statement. Busy with careers, “it wasn’t until 20 years later when their children were grown and the house was empty that the trauma of what they experienced in Vietnam came to the surface.… Many of these nursing heroes are only now working through the trauma.” Besides the honor society, the documentary is backed by Johnson & Johnson, creator of the “Campaign for Nursing’s Future.”