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Literature / Cherry Ames

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Cherry Ames was the heroine of a series of twenty-seven books (published between 1943 and 1968) by Helen Wells and Julie Campbell Tatham. After her initial training in Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse, Cherry hopped from job to job, trying her hand at all kinds of nursing while finding and solving mysteries along the way.

The Cherry Ames series has examples of the following tropes:

  • Banister Slide: In Private Duty Nurse, Cherry does this, causing her mother to jokingly remark, "Shocking behavior for a graduate nurse!" Cherry says her brother Charlie used to do it without using his hands.
  • Hospital Hottie: Cherry is described as being quite attractive, as are many of the doctors she dates.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted, which lead to a sharp drop-off in readership.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": In Cruise Nurse, the cruise ship's safe's combination is always the date it's set to sail.
  • Ruptured Appendix: Lu Clarke has one in Mountaineer Nurse. Since she's in a remote valley, she barely makes it to the hospital in time.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: In Mountaineer Nurse, when the villain threatens Granny Smith, his shouts awaken a bee swarm that attacks him. He jumps into a spring, saving himself, but is badly injured by the stings.
  • School Nurse: Cherry takes on this role in Boarding School Nurse.