Working Without Uniforms

Play:  Working Without Uniforms is a moving performance piece featuring stories of Chicago Public School Nurses, collaboratively developed under the direction of Robin Bennett from Jones Academic Magnet College Preparatory High School and Sandra Marquez, Associate Director of Teatra Vista. The piece is based on Working Without Uniforms: SchoolNursing in Chicago 1951 – 2001 by Helen Ramirez-Odell.  It was presented at Roosevelt University on October 9, 2002. Remarks were made by Dorothy Marks, chair of CTU School Nurses Committee, Margie Schaps, President of the Illinois Women’s Health Coalition, and Helen Ramirez-Odell.  The event was later shown on CAN-TV, Channel 19; dramatized readings were presented at Women & Children First Bookstore (March 4, 2002), at Barbara’s Bookstore  (July 1, 2002), and at Montgomery Place Retirement Community (November 16, 2002) to honor Mildred Catchings, a retired school nurse. Les Orear spoke on that occasion. On April 26, 2003, Loyola University hosted a celebration of 100 years of school nursing.  Ramirez-Odell introduced her book and Mary Bonnett, Brigid Gerace, Dorothy Marks, and Mary Wehrle delivered dramatic readings from the book.

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