Book: Runaway Girl - A Nurse's Story by Lois Gerbercategories: Book, Family, Nursing Education, Nursing History, Young Adult, Hospitals, Doctor Nurse Relationships, Nursing
Lois Gerberabout this book: "Runaway Girl: A Nurse's Story" is my fourth published book, the first one by a traditional publisher. It's 1924 on a small dirt farm in western Pennsylvania. When fifteen-year-old Connie Sinclair learns her father has sold her to the ragman, who has purchased her as a wife for his slow-witted son, she runs away from home and enters a hospital nurses training program under an assumed name. She does this because room and board is provided, but she soon finds nursing is her calling and the nurses residence her home. She experiences several personal challenges, which she overcomes by her hard work and conscientious attitude.
The author has researched textbooks and Internet resources to provide accuracy in describing the typical nursing duties and common illnesses and treatments of the era. Even with my 40 years of experience as a community health nurse, the research to write the book made me better understand the hard work and caring of nurses "pioneers."
One reviewer writes "a nice historical approach to the story. Author researched the medical and nursing practices of the time.
A second reviewer states the book shows that "the enduring spirit of nursing remains constant."
A third comment is that the book is "memorable and heart spoken."
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