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The nurse's secret : a novel / Amanda Skenandore.


The Alienist meets The Light of Luna Park in a fascinating historical novel based on the little-known story of America's first nursing school, as a young female grifter in 1880s New York evades the police by conning her way into Bellevue Hospital's training school for nurses... In the slums of 1880s New York, Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five seconds flat. But when another con-woman pins her for a murder she didn't commit, Una is forced to flee. Running from the police, Una lies her way into an unlikely refuge: the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital. Based on Florence Nightingale's nursing principles, Bellevue is the first school of its kind in the country. Where once nurses were assumed to be ignorant and unskilled, Bellevue prizes discipline, intellect, and moral character, and only young women of good breeding need apply. At first, Una balks at her prim classmates and the doctors' endless commands. Yet life on the streets has prepared her for the horrors of injury and disease found on the wards, and she slowly gains friendship and self-respect. Just as she finds her footing, Una's suspicions about a patient's death put her at risk of exposure, and will force her to choose between her instinct for self-preservation, and exposing her identity in order to save others. Amanda Skenandore brings her medical expertise to a page-turning story that explores the evolution of modern nursing-including the grisly realities of nineteenth-century medicine-as seen through the eyes of an intriguing and dynamic heroine.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781496726537
  • ISBN: 1496726537
  • Physical Description: 362 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Subtitle from cover.
Includes reading group guide.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Swindlers and swindling > Fiction.
Nursing > Study and teaching > Fiction.
Bellevue Hospital. Training School for Nurses > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 8 of 13 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 0 current holds with 13 total copies.
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Rolla Public Library FIC SKE (Text) 38256101857799 Adult Fiction Available -

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