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Jo Hewitt, known as Scatterbrains - and with the best of reasons! - to all her family and friends, did not seem on the face of it to be the stuff from which good nurses are made. But there had already been two generations of nurses from her family at St. Magnus's Hospital, and Jo knew how bitterly disappointed her mother and grandmother would be if she did not keep up theJo Hewitt, known as Scatterbrains - and with the best of reasons! - to all her family and friends, did not seem on the face of it to be the stuff from which good nurses are made. But there had already been two generations of nurses from her family at St. Magnus's Hospital, and Jo knew how bitterly disappointed her mother and grandmother would be if she did not keep up the tradition. Would it make her to break her? So she bravely took the plunge. She soon found that she had been right to be apprehensive. Absentmindedness and carelessness became major crimes when a patient's wellbeing is at stake, as Jo found to her cost. In fact things might have become altogether too much for her, had it not been for the help of a certain charming house surgeon - and his motives for befriending her were anything but clear!...

Title : scatterbrains student nurse
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ISBN : 18306495
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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  • StMargarets
    2019-03-21 03:07

    4 1/2 stars rounded up.Oh, I found a hidden gem behind this tattered cover. Published a year after I was born (1963) the characters’ ambitions, worries and struggles are still relevant today. This is a junior doctor/student nurse story as you can probably guess from the title. The title does not reflect the heroine’s character at all – only her worries about doing a good job. She meets the hero on the train to London to start her student nursing. She is late, so her brother’s friend basically throws her on the moving train and she almost knocks the hero over. This breaks the ice and soon the heroine is confiding her worries to the hero. Because her mother was a nurse at this same hospital, the heroine wonders if she’ll measure up or if she even wants to be a nurse. The hero reminds her that the worst mistake she can make is not putting her heart into whatever she is doing. If she gives 100 per cent and still doesn’t like it – then she should find something else to do. He is such a good listener that the heroine never finds out his name. The next few chapters are the heroine meeting her roommates – a really beautiful girl who has given up on a dancing career and a sour, manipulative girl who has hated the h since their school days. The heroine is so worried about passing her classes that she is studying all the time and not taking breaks. When she falls asleep during a lecture, she is told off and she leaves in tears – only to run into the hero in his surgical scrubs. Yup. He’s a junior doctor at the same hospital. He takes her out and listens to her and gives her good advice about studying – what she is doing isn’t working and she needs to find her own way of memorizing things. Eventually she realizes that she thinks in images and if she draws things she’ll remember. (Her father is an artist and taught her to sketch). At this point it’s obvious the hero is interested in the h and she is equally smitten. The heroine does wonder about the hero’s background because he never talks much about himself. All seems to be going swimmingly. The mean roommate tries to make trouble for the heroine and she almost succeeds when a junior sociopath in the children’s ward sets another child’s hair on fire. The heroine puts out the fire and burns her hands in the process. The heroine spends a few days in the hospital where she receives an expensive bouquet from the hero. She worries about him spending so much money, but her hands are too burned to write him a note. The heroine is sent home to recover. She isn’t around to defend herself when the mean rommie insinuates the h was careless with matches (nurses need them to light gas burners to heat up special lunches and gruel). Thankfully, the boy’s father realizes it was the mother who let her son go through her handbag during visiting hours and that’s where the little pyro got them. The heroine misses all the Christmas fun – including the dance at the hospital. Her brother’s friend asks her to marry him, but she declines. He won’t take no for an answer and vows to keep asking. The heroine runs into the hero at a local manor house that is open to the public. Her father took her along while he did sketches. The hero explains that he spent a lot of time there as a boy because it belonged to distant relatives. He’s having a last look before it is sold. When the heroine returns to the hospital, she finds out about the whispering campaign against her from her kind, beautiful roomie. She considers quitting, but decides she isn’t going to give mean roomie the satisfaction. The hero takes her out and kisses her when he drops her back at the hospital. The mean roomie sees her and makes insinuations that the heroine is a gold digger. She doesn’t understand until she sees a copy of a society magazine with the hero’s photo. Seems he’s a newly titled landowner because the distant cousin from the manor died and he’s the closest relative. She’s hurt he didn’t tell her and she realizes the H is above her social status and wealthy as well. She’s also worried that the whispering campaign against her would hurt his chances in the hospital. So she breaks it off with him.He thinks she’s in love with her brother’s friend and he doesn’t pursue her. But he’s still incredibly sweet to her. When her first patient dies and the Sister on the ward sends her out for a walk, she witnesses a terrible motorcycle accident and she gives emergency first aid. The hero come upon her and helps as well. Later he sends her a note that says she should never worry about whether she is competent enough to assist him or any other doctor in a surgery – she has proven herself. The heroine is miserable without the H, but finds herself enjoying her work and the patients, etc . . . The brother’s friend then comes to London to ask her again, but he slips on the ice and breaks his leg. It’s a bad break and the heroine is worried his career as a rugby coach/boy’s PE instructor will be over. She asks the hero to find out what his prognosis is. The hero finds out for her and tells her to have hope. He understands her worry because his secret fear is that if something happened to his hands, he’d have to do something different.Luckily for the heroine, the brother’s friend falls for his nurse and the heroine doesn’t have to worry about him anymore. The heroine’s training requires she watch a surgery. The hero is assisting an aspiration of an infected lung and the nurse on duty accidentally drops the syringe full of staph infection on the hero’s hand. Heroine knows right away that the hero’s life is in danger. There are all kinds of rumors, but eventually the head hancho calls for her – seems the hero has been calling out for her. Heroine goes to him and kisses him and he finally calms down. Heroine begs the head hancho not tell the H she kissed him because all her feelings were in that kiss. If remembers fine – if not – she doesn’t want to embarrass him. The antibiotics start to work, but his hand is still in danger. Someone from the hospital leaks his true identity to the press and the state of his health. A leading drug company offers an experimental antibiotic and it works. The hero goes off on a cruise and the heroine doesn’t hear from him. Meanwhile, the mean roomie is worried that the heroine will think she is the one who leaked the info, since she knew the hero’s true identity. Heroine tells her it’s okay because the drug company wouldn’t have offered if it hadn’t been in the paper. The mean roomie apologizes for being jealous and awful. She has a fiancé now and she is done being mean. In other sub plots, the beautiful kind roomie has a chance for a dancing career, but she turns it down to be a nurse and to marry the guy who talent scouted her. The heroine’s father sells a bunch of paintings in a gallery showing – including one of her to the hero. Heroine has given up on the hero, but is glad she has a career she likes. As she is heading to the brother’s friend and his nurse’s engagement party, she runs into the hero. He’s back and he’s heard the brother’s friend is out of the way. He wants to know if she cares about him as much as he cares about her. They make plans to marry after the heroine finishes her training. He knows she wants to work, just as he does. They’ll try to do good with the money he inherited. HEA.I’m leaving out all kinds of interesting little incidents on the wards and in her training. The cast of characters are all well-rounded, including the patients and her fellow nurses. The story is written in first person point of view so the heroine feels very near to the reader. I loved how much she cared and she worried about the same things I used to worry about at that age. The misunderstandings that keep the H/h apart are understandable and are cleared up in a realistic way. The hero is a good person and his love for the heroine shines through every conversation and every interaction he had with her. He was smitten from the beginning and never said an unkind word to her. He’s a keeper - as is this story.