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Helen Wells (1910-1986) wrote volumes #1-7 and 17-27.
Julie Campbell Tatham (1908-1999) wrote volumes #8-16.
Cherry is a job-hopping, mystery-solving nurse from Hilton, Illinois, and was steered into nursing by family friend Dr. Joseph Fortune.
Cherry's training at the Spencer Hospital School of Nursing is the subject of the first two books.
While at Spencer, she meets the classmates who become series-long friends.
In the third book in the series, Army Nurse, Cherry joins the Army Nurse Corps.
In Volume 8, Visiting Nurse, she is out of the Army and moves to New York City's Greenwich Village.
Whenever Cherry isn't working with the Visiting Nurse Service, Dr. Fortune sends her on assignments in various parts of the country.
Unlike other nurses of girls' fiction, Cherry remains single throughout her career, though occasional boyfriends crop up, such as Dr. "Lex" Upham.
01 - Cherry Ames, Student Nurse (1943) For Sale
Cherry begins three years of training at Spencer Hospital.
02 - Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse (1944) For Sale
03 - Cherry Ames, Army Nurse (1944) For Sale
04 - Cherry Ames, Chief Nurse (1944) For Sale
05 - Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse (1945) For Sale
06 - Cherry Ames, Veterans' Nurse (1946) For Sale
07 - Cherry Ames, Private Duty Nurse (1946) For Sale
08 - Cherry Ames, Visiting Nurse (1947) For Sale
09 - Cherry Ames, Cruise Nurse (1948) For Sale
10 - Cherry Ames At Spencer (1949) For Sale
11 - Cherry Ames, Night Supervisor (1950) For Sale
12 - Cherry Ames, Mountaineer Nurse (1951) For Sale
13 - Cherry Ames, Clinic Nurse (1952) For Sale
14 - Cherry Ames, Dude Ranch Nurse (1953) For Sale
15 - Cherry Ames, Rest Home Nurse (1954) For Sale
16 - Cherry Ames, Country Doctor's Nurse (1955) For Sale
17 - Cherry Ames, Boarding School Nurse (1955) For Sale
18 - Cherry Ames, Department Store Nurse (1956) For Sale
19 - Cherry Ames, Camp Nurse (1957) For Sale
20 - Cherry Ames At Hilton Hospita (1959) For Sale
21 - Cherry Ames, Island Nurse (1960) For Sale
22 - Cherry Ames, Rural Nurse (1961) For Sale
23 - Cherry Ames, Staff Nurse (1962) For Sale
24 - Cherry Ames, Companion Nurse (1964) For Sale
25 - Cherry Ames, Jungle Nurse (1965) For Sale
26 - Cherry Ames, The Mystery in the Doctor's Office (1966) For Sale
27 - Cherry Ames, Ski Nurse Mystery (1968) For Sale
Between 1957 and 1964, the Cherry Ames Girls Annual was printed and distributed in the UK, usually before Christmas. Each annual had two original Cherry Ames short stories by Helen Wells and additional stories by other authors.
In 1959, Cherry Ames' Book of First Aid and Home Nursing was published by Helen Wells as a companion volume to the series.
Also in 1959, Cherry Ames' Nursing Game was published by American board game manufacturer, Parker Brothers. Designed for 2 to 6 players, the game consists of a center-seamed, illustrated game board depicting various rooms in a hospital, 6 colored tokens, 36 colored rings, 20 directional cards, and a spinner. The object of the game is to travel about the board, gather six rings, and then leave the board at the space marked 'graduate.'
A new edition of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse was released by the Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., through its Palm Publishing LLC subsidiary. Proceeds from the sale of the books were used to support nursing scholarships.
In October 2005, the Cherry Ames books written by Helen Wells were licensed to Springer Publishing Company. The first four books in the series were reprinted in facsimile hardcover editions, and made available individually and as a boxed set. In August 2006, four more Wells titles were republished in the same format, and in June, August, and December 2007, the remaining Wells titles were made available.
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