Stepping Over Rooftops

Health Care during the Era of Mass Immigration to America

by Mary F. Belmont



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/24/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 84
ISBN : 9781665732482
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 84
ISBN : 9781665732499
Format : Audio
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ISBN : 9781665736244

About the Book

It is 1892 and most young women from poor immigrant families have little choice about their futures. Many spend long days working in crowded garment factories, earning just pennies a day. Most are expected to marry and produce children while helping family businesses and caring for aging relatives. Only a lucky few are selected to enter nurses’ training in New York City’s Lower East Side during an era of mass immigration.

Eighteen-year-old Rosa Campo is the daughter of Italian immigrants and one of the lucky few chosen to train to become a nurse. While she progresses through her professional journey to save the life of an abandoned newborn and grieve with an older Jewish man whose wife passes away unexpectedly, Rosa befriends another student, Jade Ling, born in America to Chinese immigrants. As they learn to step from rooftop to rooftop when caring for poor patients who live on the least expensive top floor, Rosa and the other nurses diligently work to fulfill their dreams of healing and changing the world by advocating for healthcare for the underserved.

Stepping Over Rooftops is the historical tale of a young Italian nurse trainee’s journey into adulthood as she works alongside patients, teachers, and other students to contribute to the promise of America through healthcare.

About the Author

Mary Belmont is most proud to be a third-generation nurse midwife and to have served in the military. A graduate of Cornell University New York Hospital School of Nursing and Columbia University Teacher College, she is currently a distinguished lecturer at Hunter College Bellevue School of Nursing.