cover and story from Heart Throbs 1, about which I posted last year. Note the way the nurse's hair is shaded with those lines. Very Ward-ish. If anyone can identify the artist please comment.
Okay, this particular story requires a remote setting, hence the isolated rest home that this engaged couple are starting up. A young doctor and his nurse getting the place ready to open up for customers. Then out of nowhere who should turn up at their door but an escaped con and the buddy who sprang him. The fugitive is badly wounded, and his guardian orders treatment, or else!
What does this story say about nurses? This one is a gorgeous blond. She's dedicated to her work and to helping her fiancee set up the rest home. She sleeps separately from him even though they are out there alone, where they could preempt their marriage, but they don't - this is the early 1950s, and it was still the accepted norm for people to wait until after they were wed. So she has moral principles. Then in an emergency she's quick thinking, resourceful, and understands her partner and how he'll think and react. She's also ready to make sacrifices for the greater good - in this case kissing a repulsive individual to give her fiancee time to disable him. She remains femininity personified throughout, however, because we know the truth about her motives even though Tony is beguiled.Overall it seems this is a positive picture of a woman as a nurse in a private setting, despite the inevitable romance with her male doctor, to whom she still is subordinate.