Do You Want to Be a Nurse? (1942)


"Professional Nursing Was Born Out of Bloodshed"

Sutherland, Dorothy. Do You Want To Be a Nurse? Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1942.

Octavo. Hardcover. War Edition.

First edition, second large printing, of this guide to become a nurse, explaining the many career options through readable stories about women working as various types of nurses, with a special chapter on nurses at war and the ways that current and prospective nurses can assist at war and on the homefront. Do You Want to Be a Nurse? offers a snapshot of the profession of nursing as of 1942. From work in a psychiatric hospital to work in a hotel, the book provides insight into what was required of nurses and what different assignments looked like from the perspective of working nurses. This edition provides a special chapter called "Nurses at War" focusing on the history of wartime nursing and the options for both trained nurses and aspiring nurses. Book fine, dust jacket about-fine.