GET WITH IT, JOAN by Mary D. Roberts


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Get with it, Joan"", is the advice given Joan Woods by the director of the New York Hospital School of Nursing, by way of encouragement in the many grueling situations she encounters in her two years as a student nurse. As we accompany Joan through the tribulations and growing responsibilities of probationary and student nursing, we are genuinely relieved and proud when at the end she finally makes it. A dream is fulfilled, but not via a fluffy pink cloud. Courage, maturity, and great physical strength are vividly brought to life, as Joan grapples with the problems of ward duty, pediatrics, surgery, and course work. She and her friends master more than nursing skills however. Paula, a Puerto Rican girl, recognizes her usefulness as a translator, without shame of her origin; Pat and her intern fiance decide that a Park Avenue office is a pretty thin dream; and Joan overcomes racial prejudice. Although some situations here sacrifice credibility for a happy ending, realistic elements, in an authentic New York setting, will hold the interest of teenage girls.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1961
Publisher: Ives Washburn