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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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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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By Carolyn Ristuccia
Illustrated by Mike Russell
And so this is fashion, that is, anything
is fashion, because anything goes. There is
no set fashion yardstick, no barometer to
measure what's "hip" looking as opposed
to what's tacky . . . these days, what feels
good is what dictates acceptability, al-
though the leading fashion magazines, for
both men and women, whistle to a fastid-
iously different tune.
With fashion designers imploring people
to shave off their eyebrows, reshape their
liplines, color their finger and toenails
every hue from black to puce, the fashion
industry plays fashion "footsies" with mil-
lions of egos around the world.
There is no absolute or final word on
what's tasteful, and yet each year the
professional clothiers set up frantic pro-
duction schedules in the month to month
rush to get out next season's new "line"-
somebody out there is waiting with baited
A most perceptive group, these masters
of the cloth are. Dabbling in fantasy and
visual hocus pocus lonly standard tricks of
the tradej the fashion industry represents a
Disneyland coalition of image makers.
And why not? If the psychologists are
right, amongst man's strongest drives is his
need for stimulus variability. Change, par-
ticularly visual change, provides a wel-
come distraction from the humble monot-
ony of day-to-day routine.
And what else, besides fashion in its
continual state of flux, provides a more
suitable medium? It seems dressing to
accent and project the view people have
of themselves and others plays a predomi-
nant role in costume selection.
On the Valley campus one is sure to see
alittle and a lot of everything from bargain
basement specials to expensive "one-of-a-
Although the mode is largely casual,
many men and women choose to dress
with conspicuous formality, while others
take the more blase view that anything
comfortable is appropriate.
Parading about campus, students give a
panoramic view of varying fashion trends.
Barnum and Bailey couldn't put on a
better show: jump suits, business suits,
superfly walking suits, padded shoulder
Lois Lane suits . . . "baggies," cutoffs,
slacks, pedal bushers, hotpants . . .
Caftans dragging on the cement . . . both
sexes in platforms, spike high heels, ox-
A blue denim halter top and matching bellbottoms make
Laura Grayson shine as brightly as the rhinestones that
stud her outfit.
fords, tennis shoes, pink shoes, green
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