Clara Adams-Ender with Blair S. Walker. Lake Ridge, Va: CAPE Associates; 2001. Paperback, 246 pages. ISBN 0-9709401-0-6.

Everyone needs a modern-day hero. Nursing is fortunate to have Clara Adams-Ender, who started life as a sharecropper’s daughter in the segregated south. One of 10 children, she learned early on that each person has responsibilities extending beyond him- or herself.

Becoming a nurse was not her idea; she wanted to be a lawyer and eventually a judge. Her father told her that he would pay her tuition if she went to nursing school, so she enrolled in the nursing program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. After sitting out the second year for lack of funds, she found a solution by joining the Army. Her work ethic and ability to navigate the military system allowed her to complete her education with a Master’s degree and advance in rank to Brigadier...

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