The summer of 1959 promises to stretch slowly forward, with one exception. The looming deadline, of entering the Saint John General Hospital school of nursing as a probationer student, interrupts the worry-free days with a nagging doubt. Is nursing the right choice? Self doubt is mingled with preparation in advance of the date of entry while Francene gets more jittery as the day approaches. She was born to nurse but did not know it yet.
This is a coming-of-age story as a young woman prepares to take on the challenges of a very disciplined profession. Written with humour and compassion, the memoir explores what it takes to learn the art and science of nursing. The demands of work, private life, and study are all described as you follow along in her footsteps.
Nursing prepared Francene for multiple career paths in the decades that followed her graduation. The author believes that every task she set her mind to in her life was enabled by the foundational skills of her profession.