A train wreck…a handsome young doctor…and a sudden awakening to love.
“Surgery is no life for a woman.” Ann Kenyon had heard that sentence since her childhood, but she’d struggled toward her goal with determination, concentrating only on her work, too busy to think of men.
And now, an able and respected surgeon, she was learning for the first time in her life what it meant to be a woman. To be in love, to be in doubt, to fight the turmoil of emotion that rose within her, clouding her mind even as she held a scalpel in her hands.
The ink on her certificate as a Medical Technologist — the fancy name for Lab Technician — scarcely dry, Ann Foster finds herself with a choice of jobs. But the one that intrigues her most is the one none of the others graduating from City Hospital seem to want. Her friends, Midge, the twins Sharon and Karen, and Peter Davies, have found what they consider more glamorous jobs in the city.
Glamorous or not, their salaries are considerably larger than the one offered Ann. But the rural section where Community Hospital is located appeals to Ann. Also, the fact that the people there have banded together to get a hospital for their town — and the doctor of their choice.
It is not until Ann has accepted the job that she learns the doctor there — Dr. David Blair — is a nephew of her beloved Dr. O’Conner, the pathologist at City Hospital.
In her new position as an M.T., Ann learns that she must not only have the patience of Job, but that she must have the courage to face the doubt that sometimes shows up in a specimen brought to the lab for analysis. Such a doubt almost ruins Ann’s career before it is begun. But with her training under Dr. O’Conner behind her, Ann wins a secure place for herself in “her” lab at Community hospital in the career she has chosen. And, to make everything even more wonderful, the admiration of young Dr. Blair.
Nurse! DO something…
to relieve me of my pain!
Nurse! Jus gimme a shot…
I wanna get some sleep!
Nurse! I want service, darn it,
I pay for it, don’t I? —
Nurse! You are the cutest thing…
well…what d’ya know…
ANGELS IN WHITE is a fascinating book about a fascinating subject…the experiences of a professional nurse.
Always prim, mostly smiling, sometimes stern, a nurse must meet head-on a variety of situations without ever losing her composure, without ever showing her own feelings.
From the very first to the very last hours of life — with may critical moments in-between — she is the patient’s and the doctor’s trusted companion. She is expected to embody all the virtues of an angel. Yet, she is a mere human being like you and I. She, too, has problems and a life of her own. But — the welfare of her patients must always come first!
Readers of ANGELS IN WHITE will chuckle with delight at the many humorous incidents and simply hilarious experiences; they will be amazed at the way of life some people lead; they will share with the nurse the burden of her responsibilities; and they will sympathize with her when life’s darkest moments overshadow all human endeavour, leaving her to stand upright amidst those whose world is crumbling, shattering all their dreams and hopes…
Accomplished nurses will find expressed here many of their own sentiments and similar experiences.
Student nurses and aspirants for the nursing profession will gain a better and more comprehensive idea of what their future may have in store for them.
All of us are either former, present, prospective or future patients. Most of us will at one time or another need the services of a nurse. This book will go a long way toward a better understanding and a more appreciative concept of the nursing profession.
When I lay down my cap and cross the bar,
Oh, Lord, won’t you give me just one little star
To wear in my crown, with my uniform new,
In that City above, where the Head Nurse is You?
— Brunettie Burrow, R. N.
When you play with fire – don’t cry if you get burned.
When nurse Mary Tyler learned that she was being sent to Vienna, she was overjoyed.
Cannister Memorial in New York had always seemed to her an exciting place. But all her life she had longed to see Europe. Besides, Franz Schneider, who also worked at Cannister Memorial, was to be one of the two doctors on the team. And Mary was secretly in love with him.
Then in Vienna she met a young Hungarian baron who swept her off her feet. She had intended only to make Franz jealous. But soon she found that she was playing with fire.
As a nurse on duty in the VIP lounge of Trans-Continental Airlines, Clare Andrews’ lot was to stay on terra firma, but to minister to passengers from all over the world. Some were temperamental, some agreeable; some hypochondriacs and some really ill. And among them were famous and attractive men such as the television star whose work took him frequently from New York to London and back, and whom Clare had gotten to know as a friend and occasional escort.
Because of her wide acquaintance with almost all who used the vast airport, Clare was deemed to be peculiarly well situated to help the FBI break an international jewel-smuggling ring. And she willingly agreed to cooperate, not foreseeing that one of the suspects would prove to be the man she was considering marrying.