The film is the story of the U.S. Public Health Service Indian School of Practical Nursing located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It follows three American Indian women through their progress at the school. The film shows them arriving, settling in their rooms, getting their uniforms, and orientation. It discusses the classes they take: anatomy, medical vocabulary, how to take blood pressure, read a thermometer, and make beds. The students visit the Albuquerque Sanatorium, the Indian Hospital in Santa Fe, and Indian ceremonies in Gallup, New Mexico. The students get practical clinical experience. The film also reveals the students' recreational activities and their arts and crafts. After four months, the students graduate. They then go to the Navajo Medical Center for seven months of clinical practice before their licensing exams. When they pass, the students are licensed to be practical nurses in any state, but most choose to work with their people.
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Received: Apr.4, 2007; transfer; from Capt. Alan Dellapenna Jr., Gold Book Project Director, Indian Health Service.