Charity 'Cherry' Ames is the peripatetic, job-hopping, mystery-solving, no nonsense nurse from Hilton, Illinois, featured in a series of twenty-seven mystery novels with medical settings published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1943 and 1968.
Guided by family friend Dr. Fortune, Cherry decides on a career in nursing. Her training at the Spencer Hospital School of Nursing is the subject of the first two books. While there, she meets the classmates (Gwen, Bertha, Josie, Vivian, and Mai Lee) who become series-long friends.
In the third book in the series, Army Nurse, Cherry joins the Army Nurse Corps. By the seventh volume, Private Duty Nurse, she's out of the Army and the eighth volume, Visiting Nurse, finds her living in Greenwich Village, NYC. Whenever Cherry takes a break from visiting nursing, Dr. Fortune just sends her off galavanting around the country on assignments.
Cherry never got married, although occasional boyfriends crop up, like Dr. Lex Upham and Wade Cooper.
Helen Wells (1910-1986) wrote volumes 1-7 & 17-27
Julie Campbell Tatham (1908-1999) authored volumes 8-16.
Originally issued with dust jackets (volumes 1-22) in a deep red paper or, later, a reddish-brown tweed binding. The change to picture cover (PC) binding occurred circa 1962, when Grosset & Dunlap switched all the series books they published to that format. Early PC editions of volumes 1-22 have a yellow spine, which was changed to green shortly thereafter.
Grosset & Dunlap retitled and reprinted four titles (volumes 19-22) in paperback with new cover art in 1972. In 1978 they took 3 of the reprinted titles (volumes 20-22) and reprinted them with new cover art.
A new edition of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse was released by the Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., through its Palm Publishing LLC subsidiary.
Starting in October 2005, the Cherry Ames books written by Helen Wells were reprinted Springer Publishing Company.
Yellow & Green Spine Picture Cover Bindings
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.
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 1959, the 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.