PAGE TWELVE UJU1UU/K .WSBNBSDAY, DECEMBER !«, Health Nurse: Never a Dull Moment Continued from Pafe 1 •Jong the premature line came abqut when Miss Vcrna Hancock of LJttle Rock, who, at that time wai nursing consultant, was doing Jieri routine work and happened to be In, Osc'eola. "far. Julian Pairley, who at the tim'p'nad an office in Keiser, called me,, as always, in the middle of the night, to meet him at Mid-\Vaw. He had just delivered a premature baby,tp a couple living in a tent. "TSe i baby had a temperature of! 108 fli)en we got to the hospital withjit and lived for 10 days. The hospital called me and asked that I c'dipiact the parents to get thm to sign papers for an autopsy. I gob'flll the papers fixed up, carried them out to Etowah where they were staying, not living. They readily agreed and signed the papers. "I came on back to my home and put in a osll to the hospital that everything was legal and to go ahead with the autopsy and I would send papers in the next mail. After I changed clothes and went, up to my office the whole family was there waiting for me to tell me they had changed their minds. "It was too late then and I told him so. but there is a certain element you have to deal with in this work that can't take explaining — all I knew to do was to scare them because what I had done was legal and there wasn't a thing they could do. so I told them I was going to see about having their set of twins taken away from them. "THEY WERE H months old and couldn't sit alone; they were starved to death. That ended the trouble and they moved to Missouri the next day. "Before Miss Hancock went back to Little Rock, Dr. Falrley called me out again, this time under practically the same living conditions, not one but twins. Never a dull moment," Mrs. Miller added. When a public health nurse goes beyond her call of duty as Mrs. Miller has so often done, it is no wonder she won a scholarship from the State Health department for n year's study at Pen body College in Nashville. She is the only nurse with a Mississippi County heali department who has a certifica in Public Health nurslny. Another honor came to her Friday — not only to her but for the city of Osceola and vicinity — and this 1? brand new news scoop, in other words. The Crippled Children's Division of the Department of Public Welfare now has money to start a new rheumatic fever clinic. There has only been one in- the state up to this time and It is In Little Eock, which was run on experimental basis. Mrs. Miller was asked at the staff conference If she would be interested in having charge of it in Osceola. Mrs. Miller said she was only too glad to help the children in this vicinity so in February the first clinic will be held. The date will be announced later. Osceola is recognized as a training center for nurses entering pub- lie health work, due to the fact that Mr:. Miller holds a certificate In public health nursing. ON OCT. 23, Mrs. Miller was one of 11 nurses honored in Little Rock for her IS years service to her community. During World War II, we all remember how scarce nurses were. It's a mistaken idea that some people think a public health nurse goes only where chanty Is needed. She was doing almost private duty in her off-hours (that's a joke about off-hours) during the war. There were people In Osceola who needed nurses and had money to pay for them but they were not available so Mrs. T.'iller pinch- hit until the war was over and nurses were • vailable. There was no charge for the more than money can buy. The heroine of the Crimean war, Florence Nightingale, set the pat- torn 100 years ago for caring for ihc sick and wounded and down through the years, no other profession has done as much to bring about a better standard of life than our nurses. There is something mighty fine about a person who wears a nurse's uniform, and the road hasn't been an easy one. A faint heart never made a nurse. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were married three months before her graduation — It would have been too bad if the news had leaked out. She didn't nurse any until after her first child was born. PATSY, who is following In her mother's footsteps, will graduate in many times she went u'here she I September in the same hospital, was needed, but the friends she i Methodist, that her mother did, made and the little, mementos her [ then 1o further following jn herj patients gave her amount to a lot mother's steps, she will go right t into her public health nursing course In Peabody College. Mrs. Miller's reason as a child to become a nurse was to get rich and go to Europe and study expression. She added that she hadn't done either. When her second child, Harry, III, was four months old, she went to work for the Health Department. He is now seventeen. The third child. Lucy Boon, Jr., was practically raised on the back seat of Mrs. Miller's car and in her office. She was born in 1947 when i the labor situation was bad. I It was almost impossible to get a ! nurse for the baby. One morning. she had to rush up to the bus sta- '. lion to see a bunch of patierits boarded it for Hot Springs. The! baby was sound asleep and was too I small to gel out of her crib, sol Mrs. Miller called the telephone! operator and told her she was plac-1 ing the 'phone in the crib and for 1 her to please listen and the minute she heard a sound at the other end to call her office. The operator called Mrs. Miller and connected her with her baby, who was cooing like nobody's business. 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