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Nurse Against the Town

by Jane Converse (1966)
Nurse Against the Town

Pretty Ellen Whitaker, R.N., faces a choice between the handsome doctor she loves and the dark suspicions that threaten to ruin him.

Why did the people of Barfield avoid their hospital? Why did they whisper “criminal” about its director, Dr. Jerry Sterling, when they talked of the mysterious death of his beautiful wife, Naomi? And what was driving Naomi’s brother, Henry Barfield, to use his membership on the hospital board to ruin Dr. Sterling?

Desperately, pretty Ellen struggled to find the answers. Pitted against her consuming love for Jerry Sterling were the hostility of her neighbors and the terrible suspicions she could not shake free from her own mind. In a story shaken with passion, hiding at its heart a dreadful secret, Ellen Whitaker finds herself all but alone as the nurse against the town.

Nurse and the Crystal Ball, The

by Florence Stewart (1969)
Nurse and the Crystal Ball, The

It would take more than a fortune-teller to solve Nurse Sue Whittier’s dilemma: Should she tell her dying former sweetheart the truth, or should she leave him in peace and let his scheming wife and brother rob him…?

Clouded Future…

When Sue Whittier unpacked her suitcase, 3000 miles away from the nurses’ dormitory in Maryland, she found a fortune-teller’s crystal ball under her nylons. It was a friend’s idea of a joke, but Sue–who didn’t believe in such things–wished it could tell her what she was letting herself in for. She had driven to California to be with Dave Harding, the man she had walked out on seven years ago just before their wedding–a dying man now who had written, begging her to come. And she had…even though seeing Dave would mean seeing his half-brother, Marv, too–the secret reason Sue had broken that engagement. Still, she was prepared for that. What she wasn’t prepared for was finding another old love of Dave’s at his bedside: Gloria, the blonde he had married on the rebound, the wife who had deserted him two months later and has now returned–with a son she claimed was his. But was it true…? Sue didn’t need a crystal ball to tell her that here was a woman who couldn’t be trusted…

When I read “she found a fortune-teller’s crystal ball under her nylons,” my first thought was, “Well, there’s a an anatomical euphemism I’ve never heard before.”

And if I was Dave Harding, and:

  1. My bride-to-be ditched me at the altar for my half-brother named Marv.
  2. My scheming, blonde ex-wife named Gloria showed up with a snot-nosed kid and a paternity suit.
  3. I had cancer.

I’d refuse treatment and pray for a speedy end.

Nurse Ann’s Fighting Heart

by Lucy Bowdler (1985)
Nurse Ann's Fighting Heart

From the start Nurse Ann Persons was glad she’d moved to New York City from her small upstate hometown. She loved working in a big-city hospital with its daily challenges. She loved using her nursing skills to their fullest. She loved Manhattan, with its glamour, excitement, and variety. But Ann was not one to be overwhelmed by the sophisticated city. The new men in her life, flamboyant Dr. Ronald Laing and serious Dr. Craig Downing, both discovered that New York with its fast pace would never change Ann’s old-fashioned ideas about love. And the hospital hierarchy learned that nothing — absolutely nothing — could change the stubborn nurse’s old-fashioned ideas about putting her patients’ welfare above all else.

Nurse Annette

by Rebecca Marsh (1962)
Nurse Annette

She followed her heart — even though it meant facing danger.

The scream of tortured tires, an echoing crash, an overturned automobile… Within crowded seconds, the overindulged scion of the prominent Hauser family lay on the brink of death.

Nurse Annette saved his life — and earned first the gratitude and then the wrath of his powerful father. And as she found herself involved in a bitter controversy in which lives as well as principles were at stake, she realized that only her heart could supply the answer to her most vital dilemma…

Nurse Around the World: Alice Fitzgerald

by Iris Noble (1964)
Nurse Around the World: Alice Fitzgerald

Alice Fitzgerald, a glamorous young debutante, shocked her family when she decided to become a nurse. At the turn of the century nursing was considered a degrading profession, but Alice was drawn to it and spurned her life of idleness among the rich. When she entered the Nurses Training School at Johns Hopkins, she little dreamed that she would achieve worldwide fame. She served as a nurse in the Sicily earthquake area and with the British Army on the front lines in France during World War I. Later she became Chief Nurse for the American Red Cross, fighting disease and starvation among Europe’s homeless millions and organizing modern nursing schools in key cities. She pioneered the work of Public Health Nursing in the United States and then in the Philippines, and established nursing schools in the Far East.