Every journey starts with a dream. It was a thankful spark that began young Bernice Lorang on a path toward becoming a Registered Nurse. Happily, Bernice found an affordable program within ten miles of her Portland Oregon home. In August of 1942, she was accepted and took up residence in the nurses’ dorm at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital, Vancouver Washington.
Life for the next three years was a mashup of student nursing classes and active training on the hospital wards, joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp., became a USO dance partner, family life, and enjoyed limited WWII social events such as Big Band Ballroom dances, movies and dating.
'Providence White Caps' provides an historical account gleaned from Bernice’s daily nursing diary that is enriched with recollections recounted to her niece Judy Litchfield, the book’s author. Primary source documents, and era photos add delight to this first-hand chronicle of a young protagonist during the Greatest Decade.
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Oregon resident since 1966. Mother of three. A graduate of Marylhurst University.
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