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Sue Barton, Superintendent of Nurses (Sue Barton #5)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  203 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Sue marries Bill and becomes head of a small new nursing school; problems with Marianna and the other students, dissatisfaction with her job, and a rift in her marriage complicate Sue's life.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published 1940 by Little, Brown and Company
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It's been a year since I completed my Sue Barton reread, and it seems a pity that I didn't get around to recording my impressions of the later books, so this is a retroactive review, from fast-fading memory.

The fifth book in the series picks up about a year after the last one, and finds Bill and Sue as newlyweds jointly in charge (Sue on the nursing side) of a brand new hospital which had its genesis at the end of the book 4. Hospitals sure got built fast in those days! I had read this installme
I noticed with a groan that the plot on the back of the book featured yet another relationship crisis for Sue and Bill, AND she was doing a job that she doesn't like. I had a few reservations about this book and it turned out to be the poorest in the series.

Lets start with Bill and Sue. Bill is in a mood because Sue doesn't want to go fishing with him. Bill is in a mood because when he returns from fishing, Sue is more concerned about his bleeding hand than the big fish he has caught. Your wife
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Nov 19, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This time, we see training to be a nurse from the supervisor's point of view, rather than the student's. Sue doesn't really enjoy it, but she's good at it nevertheless.

Really, though, the story is about Sue and Bill, and shows how a happy ever after actually requires quite a lot of work. Where many books end with a description of the wedding, this one starts with that description, as a flashback while Sue is nerving herself to start her new job; and although marriage seems all rosy contentment,
Maria Elmvang
Jan 13, 2008 Maria Elmvang rated it liked it
The foreshadowing in this series is getting out of hand. A little is fine, but I don't need a paragraph at the start of each chapter telling me what's going to happen in the chapter.

This was a very difficult book to read. I still enjoy the stuff happening at the hospital, but it had the sad sub-plot of how a married couple can fall apart... not through harsh words and mean actions, but simply because of misunderstandings that aren't handled in time, but allowed to grow large.
Anne Federwisch
Jul 04, 2009 Anne Federwisch rated it it was ok
No problem if you never read the other books in the series. The author spends a lot of time alluding to ALL of Sue's adventures from the previous three books. Which makes you wonder--why did she need three whole books to describe them originally. :-)

Not Boylston's best effort--perhaps because Sue does not really like being a superintendent of nurses, yet stays in the position three years.
Astrid Johanne
Lægens højre hånd er spændende, gribende og jeg var lige ved at fælde en tåre. Lægens højre hånd, følger tråden fra de andre bøger i serien, men kommer med noget fornyelse til serien. Lægens højre hånd er simpelthen bare fantastisk
Jan 26, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Another cute book exploring the trials of the head of a nursing school. The writing was just as descriptive and well done as the others. I did feel the "problems" with Bill were a little funny and easily solved. It felt as if the book was filling time, months kept passing!
May 15, 2008 Vass rated it it was ok
Shelves: youngadult, medical
If I was Marianna, I'd want to kill Sue and Kit. And having run away, I would not have come back. 'Make something of her', ugh ugh ugh. Apart from that it was fine.
Feb 14, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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An only child, Helen Dore Boylston attended Portsmouth public schools and trained as a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Two days after graduating, she joined the Harvard medical unit that had been formed to serve with the British Army. After the war, she missed the comradeship, intense effort, and mutual dependence of people upon one another when under pressure, and joined the Red Cross to ...more
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