Books begin in interesting ways.  When Plattsburgh native Roger Noyes inherited the desk of his great great aunt Clara Noyes, his curiosity about the life of his renowned relative grew.  This led him to pen the first biography about the nurse who who headed the American Red Cross Department of Nursing during the first world war, a time when leadership positions for women were scarce.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Roger Noyes about the biography Clara D. Noyes, R.N.: Life of a Global Nursing Leader.  After conducting extensive research, he was able to detail Clara’s rise through the ranks of nursing, as nursing itself became a more professional and respected profession.  Episodes in the book include how Clara helped her country through many emergencies by deploying nurses, both during and after the war.  Attitudes about women and race in the early 20th century are also explored in the text.

You may order the book Clara D. Noyes, R.N.: Life of a Global Nursing Leader here.

I hope you enjoy the discussion Roger and I had on Mountain Lake Journal.  See the conversation here.

– Paul Larson

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