Monday, June 14, 2010
Nurse Romance Stories: Love At First Sight 7 - "The Man I Couldn't Have"
What Roa doesn't know is that Ned Wentworth has set up a situation that is going to bring everything out into the open. He's already cured Serena to reduce Roa's potential feelings of guilt should she end up with Andy, but he has a further strategy up his sleeve. Knowing that Andy is in love with Roa and that he will leap to her defense, he asks Roa to slap him in the face as if he'd made an improper suggestion. Serena's disgust with Andy's conduct and her sympathy towards Ned is also apparently something the Doctor had predicted. He's read the characters well. There's a double wedding, and Roa can love her man free of guilt.
The image of nurses presented by this story adheres to the self-sacrificing angel idea. Roa doesn't want to break the hospital 'rules' about nurse-doctor romance, and she puts aside her own desires so as not to harm Serena. Roa is an honest, principled person (even though she had to tell a white lie about being engaged to Ned so that Andy would discontinue his advances and his betrayal of Serena). Note that the older nurse, Miss Perkins, isn't married - she's the archetypal career nurse spinster who has sacrificed marriage and family for her work - maybe she just wasn't pretty enough to snag a doctor or a rich patient! And so the stereotypes unfold. Roa in this story falls in love with her patient, and the doctor falls in love with his patient, so it seems this phenomenon afflicts the wider medical profession. If you're single and a patient, watch out! In the beginning, though, the doctor was hoping the nurse would fall in love with him. The female nurse is the male doctor's assistant and subordinate. Nurses are mostly pretty, young, white women, who work at the bedside in hospitals or for private patients, and who accept orders from male doctors. Otherwise they are older, not so pretty, white women who never got it together to get married and have kids, and who still have to take orders from male doctors.