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Nurse Joan Langer prepares a hypodermic needle.
By Adrienne Pa ynter
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
lt has become axiomatic recently that the nursing
profession is undergoing profound change. The
challenge to nursing education is equally profound,
for nursing students must be prepared not only for
the substantial demands of the modern medical
world, but for all the possibilities and probabilities in
the future of nursing.
Changes aside, LAVC nursing students display
those reassuring strengths for which the professional
nurse is famous: energy, efficiency, and commit-
Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, for 20 years a Licensed
Vocational Nurse, and now studying to be a Regis-
tered Nurse, displays an enthusiasm as fresh as a
"Nursing," says Ruth, "is a wide-open field," which
she is always happy to recommend to young people
who show a "real interest." Ruth takes pride in the
expanding role of nurses as "part of the medical
team," rather than the obsolete image of "hand-
From her years of practical experience in the field,
Ruth knows that "hospitals care which school a nurse
graduated from," and chose Valley for its highly
rated nursing program.
Despite the demands of her career, and the stresses
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Toppel's background is somewhat different from
that of Arambula in that he attended private school
and military school for all of his secondary educa-
tion. Briefly attending Cal State Northridge after high
school graduation, he studied several general educa-
tion subjects and then responded to the advice of
another family friend, Theo Gerber, also head of the
Administration of justice Department at Valley Col-
lege, and geared his work experience and studies
toward the law enforcement major.
A third such student is Fred Kravich who looks on
police work in an ideal manner. "l don't like a lot of
the things l have to see going on," he explains
carefully, "and I hope to become able to help
improve things within limits,"
Kravich feels that the Police Department offers
everything he wants in a career. Excitement, variety
of responsibility, promotional opportunity, and the
presence ofa strong central authority are among the
incentives he lists.
Kravich stresses that he feels no ice breaking
problems come from his affiliation with the depart-
ment. "lf any of my friends seem to be changing, I
just ask them why I should suddenly drop from 8 to 6
on a 10 point scale of respect." His convictions go so
strongly as to make him certain that even if he lost
every friend he has, he still would not be swayed in
ln his defense of the position he and his fellow
students find themselves in, Kravich may have
summed it up when he added, "Life is a pretty long
time. What is it all about if you are not doing what
Officers Arambula, Toppel, and Kravich are doing
what they want.
Toppel finds searching the complex and challenging
storage shelves a rewarding task, as well as a valuable
background to his plans for a iudicial career.
A busy research schedule accompanies
Toppel's long working day at the Van Nuys
Courthouse. He confers with his boss,
Gene Hardy, on an especially difficult case.
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No longer are male nursing students rare,
as Steven Grimshaw points out while taking
a patient's blood pressure.
of raising a family, Ruth finds time for needlework
and sewing, and was on the LAVC co-ed golf team
last semester. She couldn't fit golfing into her busy
schedule this year, but retains her interest in the
The male nursing student represents more than
fallout from the rising consciousness of America-he
is part of the process.
Alan Hermanson, who is studying at Valley to be a
Registered Nurse, is by definition a pioneer, but is
perhaps too busy to reflect much on that aspect of
He is currently working toward a B.A, in psychiat-
ric nursing through UC Berkeley's "University With-
out Walls" program. To that end he does supervised
counseling at Olive View Hospital's Outpatient
Clinic, and serves an internship in psychodrama and
group techniques at the Center for Psychodrama
Training at Crossroads Hospital in Van Nuys.
He cited Valley College's respected program and
forward-looking approach as among the reasons for
his attendance here.
Having previously earned an A.A. in drama at
LAVC, Alan is still interested in filmmaking. He also
paints, is a licensed private pilot, a songwriter, and,
he says wistfully, "used to play guitar." Someday he
hopes for the time to play it again.
Alan has noted a few negative reactions to men in
nursing, but feels the trend is generally well-re-
Nursing education, like any other program,
has its lighter moments. Carol Mayan
practices her art on John Rosenfield,
a reluctant "victim,"
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ceived. Besides psychiatric nursing in which he is
specializing, he enjoys work in the obstetrical de-
Debbie Kerr has wanted to be a nurse since she was
a child, inspired by a family that produced several
nurses. At 16 she began doing hospital volunteer
work, and after high school she took a Nurse's Aide
course. She still works as a Nurse's Aide at Valley
Presbyterian Hospital while pursuing her nursing
education at Valley College.
As a Regent chairman on the executive board of
the Student Nursing Association of California, travel
to and from meetings and conventions must some-
how be fitted into Debbie's incredibly active life.
After graduating from Valley ishe can't help
wishing LAVC had a four-year nursing programl,
Debbie's goal is a B.S. in nursing. Her first interest is
in the medical-surgical field, but she is also "fasci-
nated" by obstetrics, having taken a La Maze class in
Debbie takes an optimistic view of the changing
world of nursing. The trend toward nurse-midwives
and nurse-practitioners is not only earning the
profession more respect, but "creating more oppor-
tunities for nurses," Debbie feels.
Typically, Debbie has numerous outside interests
-skiing and tennis among them, and also typically,
she hopes to find more time for them someday.
Nursing students are a special breed. Besides the
obvious qualifications of competence and compas-
sion, they have the apparent ability to be constantly
active-as if they had discovered the 70-minute
hour, 25-hour day.
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