NEW YORK NURSE: January/February 2012
Former NYSNA public relations associate Genie Abrams is still promoting nurses and nursing whenever she gets a chance. Abrams, a copy editor at the Middletown, N.Y. Times Herald-Record, has written a novel, “Louey Levy’s Greatest Catch,” in which an RN shines in the hero’s role. Set in upstate New York in the late 1950s and early 60s – a time when abortion was a crime – the novel has a tragedy at its heart, but is filled with funny, memorable characters. Chief among them: Abe Levy, newly widowed Jewish city manager of Newburgh, N.Y., who gavels into order his weekly “Levy Family Council Meetings” the same way he runs the city. And the tough but loving Mrs. G, who in addition to being the RN who cared for Mrs. Levy in her final illness, serves as substitute mother for 11-year-old tomboy Louey and her brother and sister.
The story also relates how clergy of all faiths in New York State banded together with incredibly courageous healthcare professionals in that era to help pregnant women who had few choices. NYSNA members can receive a discount on a signed copy of the novel. More information is available at www.genieabrams.com.