Robin, a fiery red-head, arrives home from her freshman year of nursing school, to discover her home is slated for demolition for upscale housing she can’t afford. Her summer vacation devolves into a chaotic circus of exploration of sexuality, violence, and tragedy.
Then, thieving by an ex-friend threatens Robin's job and brings her to court; but that's not all. Robin’s summer spins further out of control when the unanticipated reunion with her estranged mother is derailed by family violence that leaves Robin grappling with grief and railing against the world.
Back at school, the Nurseketeers band around Robin to embrace women’s issues, gender discrimination, cultural diversities, and plan a March against Violence.
A chance meeting motivates Robin to question her sexuality in an era when homosexuality was illegal in every state but one - and that one wasn’t Texas. Her roommate’s homophobia challenges the need for secrecy as Robin explores her emerging lesbian impulses. Exposure could turn her nursing career into an impossible dream or worse, she could land in jail.
Joy Don Baker & Terri Goodman, nursing students in the ‘70s like the fictional characters in their Nurseketeers series, are both writers in professional nursing literature. They met in the ‘80s and have remained friends for years. As co-authors, their mission is to share enjoyment, writing, and learning through meaningful stories about diverse nursing characters.
Both are well-established leaders in perioperative nursing. Dr. Baker teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington and served as the editor-in-chief of AORN Journal. Dr. Goodman is an entrepreneur and an approved provider of continuing education as the principal at Terri Goodman & Associates.
Baker & Goodman have produced the award-winning book A, B, & Cs of Author Partnering, the definitive how-to guide that leads readers through creating a partnership, establishing a productive work environment, and producing a work of fiction, non-fiction, or journal article.
...when you're organized and prepared to manage whatever opposition encountered. Thoughtful discussion can lead to enlightenment, compromise, and adaptation. Confrontation can trigger emotions that override reason, derail the conversation, and leave communication in shambles.
Against the World
You’re stubborn and hotheaded… personally, I like that in you… but with this, you can’t just blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. The subject is controversial; there’s no getting around that. You’re butting up against a solid wall of prejudice. If people could deal with this, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. How you handle it has a lot to do with how things turn out for you. You need to have your thoughts in order so you can keep a conversation from becoming confrontational and degenerating into a who’s wrong and who’s right argument. When that happens, everybody loses.