WCSU book signing features ‘Nurses in War’ co-author Doherty
Nov. 15 event marks WCSU nursing professor’s study of nurses in Iraq and Afghanistan

DANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Mary Ellen Doherty will sign copies of her recently published book, “Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan,” at an event to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. The public is invited to attend the book signing on the first floor of Warner Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Doherty is the co-author of “Nurses in War” with her sister and research colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps and nursing professor at Adelphi University. The book, released in April by Springer Publishing Co., explores the experiences of U.S. military nurses during deployments in those war zones from 2003 to 2011.

A Ph.D. recipient from the University of Rhode Island and member of the WCSU nursing faculty since 2008, Doherty has conducted extensive research in the areas of childbearing and women’s health, and holds certifications as a nurse-midwife, family nurse-practitioner, and maternal-newborn clinical nurse specialist. She was named the WCSU recipient of the 2012 Board of Regents/Connecticut State University Norton Mezvinsky Research Award for her research focusing on “understudied populations.”

“In reading this book, we hope that readers will see, feel and get as close as they can to the experiences of these nurses in war,” Doherty said. “This book is not about what two professors think that nurses may have been feeling at war — these are the words of the nurses who were there. The nurses tell their own stories.”

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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