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Nurses' Caps and Angels' Wings: A Glimpse of Student Life in the 1960s [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Boettcher

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Ruth Boettcher's memoir relates her journey as a naïve, small-town girl who arrived in Chicago for nursing school in the mid-1960s. The United States was in the midst of a social transition from postwar calm to civil rights and Vietnam era strife. The big city offered a culture shock for Boettcher and most of her classmates at the all-female Rehtlaw Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. They were experiencing their first time away from home, balancing a desire to spread their wings with the strict discipline demanded by house mothers and instructors. The combination also made the episodes of drama and mischief that much more memorable.

Readers will enjoy Ruth's descriptions of health care environments that were typical for the day, but would make inspectors cringe by modern standards. She navigated her way through the challenges of relationships, school and potential pitfalls through determination, family morals and the guiding hand of a few angels along the way. Ruth and her classmates displayed a dedication to providing the best care possible in an era when personal touch played a more important role than advanced technology.

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About the Author

Ruth Boettcher, BSN, gained experience in multiple medical disciplines during an extensive nursing career that included obstetrics, home care and dialysis. She also did some volunteer medical work in West Africa for eight years while her husband, Dave, served as a missionary pastor. The final step in her career featured work as a nurse advocate for senior citizens. The couple resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615941540
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  • Publisher: M&B Global Solutions Inc. (15 Dec. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars A legacy that lives on 6 April 2014
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True to Life .intersting that I too wrote a book and it is published now entitled The Diploma Nurse-Her shining Day a-Her fading touch. . A great story for the public to know. I apreciate the author's effort and know why she wrote it as well. Our minds were right along the same track. Best wishes my dear sister. Jessie Wilson
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5.0 out of 5 stars We've come a long way, baby 11 April 2014
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My great-niece is studying to be a registered nurse. She attends university classes, will graduate with a BS, and practices on high-tech dummies which have been programmed to present certain symptoms. After she completes her master's degree she will be allowed to come into contact with real, live sick people. (I'm exaggerating a bit, but not much.)

When the author trained at Rehtlaw School of Nursing in Chicago, it was attached to Rehtlaw Memorial Hospital. The students attended classes during the day. At night and on week-ends, the RN's were off duty and the student nurses were responsible for ALL (that's right, ALL) nursing care in the hospital. Their instructors were on call in case of emergency. Talk about sink or swim!

This book dramatically illustrates the incredible changes in health care in the last fifty years. It also gives an accurate picture of growing up female in the 1950's and 1960's and the attitudes which kept girls on a rigid educational track designed to turn out nurses and teachers, who would shortly become wives and mothers. In the author's case it was her loving, but controlling mother, who decreed that her sons were to be pastors (like their father) and her daughters were to be nurses or teachers. Discipline at the nursing school was strict and a life-long habit of not questioning authority was an asset.

This is an entertaining and thought-provoking book and I wish every young woman could read it.
4.0 out of 5 stars This memoir is an important contribution to the oral history of nursing 25 Aug. 2014
By Sandra - Published on
I went to nursing school at a university in the late 1960s. Then I taught nursing at the same university from 1978 to 2010. Although our student clinical experiences did not staff the hospital, we spent many more hours in clinical than my students did. The reactions to the various patient dilemmas (first death, first birth, prolonged terminal illness) are universal. My own, my friends', and my students' were similar to Ruth's. This memoir is an important contribution to the history of nursing.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like to read about nurses you will find this book ... 11 July 2014
By Joyce - Published on
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I found the book really interesting. I am a nurse and went to nursing school in the 70s. If you like to read about nurses you will find this book a good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars nursing is not for everyone 1 Jan. 2014
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I am not a nurse, but I am glad for people who choose this line of work. This author practiced nursing giving 110% with every patient. I would recommend this book to current nursing students as they can visualize the advances of modern medicine during the last fifty years.
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