About the Books

The Inspiration for Nola the Nurse®

Dr. Scharmaine L. Baker had been searching for children’s books that were both culturally sensitive and featured African-American nurses. It was important to her to teach her young daughter about her profession, but when she sought out children's books about nurse practitioners, she found a lack of options.

"While there were a few books about nurses, there were none that encompassed the role I play," she recalls. "And so, I sought to create a diverse heroine that would pique my daughter's interest." With this goal in mind, Nola the Nurse® was born. (As a side note, NOLA is a common abbreviation for New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Baker’s beloved home town).

"Each home Nola visits celebrates a different culture," said Dr. Baker. "Just like in the real world, every home and everyone is different, whether it is their culture or belief system."

"And that is really what I wanted to convey with these books – cultural sensitivity," she emphasized. "So, when Nola goes to these homes she gets to learn about a different culture as well as share a meal with the family."

"At the end of every book I include the recipe, so that the children and their families can experience a piece of the culture with Nola," said Baker.

About the Series Nola the Nurse®: She’s on the Go

Nola wants to be a nurse practitioner just like her mom. She has learned how to care for people of all ages and now visits her friends to heal their sick baby dolls. Along the way, she learns more about her culturally diverse world.

As Nola visits families from Kenya, India, Mexico, France, and Japan, not only will children learn about different countries and cultures, but also about the important role of nurse practitioners.

Volume 1

Nola the Nurse®: She’s on the Go, Volume 1, is the first in a series of beautifully illustrated bedtime stories, perfect for young children. In volume 1, Nola visits a friend from Kenya, where she not only takes care of the sick baby doll, but also learns about the culture while eating a traditional Kenyan dish.

Your child will delight in the colorful pictures and will also learn important cultural lessons. Pick up your copy today!

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Nola the Nurse® Remembers Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina disrupted and devastated lives throughout New Orleans. The impact on health care was dire: hospitals were shuttered and doctors evacuated but never returned.

Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Baker was instrumental in caring for the sick and disabled in New Orleans. In fact, Katie Couric visited and made some house calls with her, with a segment featured on the CBS Evening News.

This special edition of Nola the Nurse® commemorates the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as told through the eyes of Nola.

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Nola The Nurse® & Friends Explore The Holi Fest

Nola loves being a nurse. And not just any nurse, but a nurse practitioner, just like her mommy. Nola helps all the dolls of her friends stay healthy and safe. But she’s not alone. Nola’s trusty friends include the superhero nurse practitioner Bax, the expert midwife Maddi, and the special nurse Charo. Nola is thrilled when her friends of Indian heritage, Anita and Adar, introduce her to the Holi Festival, or Festival of Colors. Nola and her nurse friends have a blast throwing colored water and powder on each other and eating Indian food. Yet trouble lurks. Anita’s doll, Lady, and Adar’s doll, Clint, are fevered and sick! Can Nola and friends save Lady and Clint and keep the joy of Holi alive? Nola the Nurse® & Friends Visit the Holi Festival is a fun tale that inspires children to understand the beauty of nursing and the joys of exploring different cultures.

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