Nursing during World War II: Finnmark County, Northern Norway
AuthorImmonen, Ingrid B.
Study design. This is a historical study using narratives, government documents and literature.
Methods. Interviews with nurses and persons active in health care during World War II constitute the main data of the research. Thematic issues that arise from interviews are analysed. Primary and secondary written sources are used in analysing the topics. Because of war activities, deportation and burning of the county, archives were partly destroyed. Central archives can contribute with annual reports, whereas local archives are fragmentary. There are a number of reports written soon after the War, as well as a number of biographical books of newer date.
Results. Challenges caused by war, which appear in the interviews, are: 1) shortage of supplies, 2) increased workload, 3) multicultural society, 4) ethical dilemmas, 5) deportation of the population. In this paper, focus is on challenges caused by shortage of supplies.
Conclusions. Both institutions, personnel and patients were marked by the war. This has to be taken in consideration in health care today.