Vital signs

Vital signs / Rachel Casiano Hernandez.
Frederick, MD : The author, 2013-
New York, NY : 2014-
volumes : illustrations ; 11-14 cm.
Subjects (Genre)
Immediately after finishing college, 22-year-old Rachel enrolls in an accelerated master's degree in nursing program, attempting to earn two degrees in fewer than two years. She is thwarted by a sleeping disorder and had to take medical leave. This zine was written at the end of her spring semester at Boston College before going back home to live with her parents. The cut and paste zine also includes a to-do list. In issue 2 Rachel reflects on the micro-aggressions experienced by women working in female-dominated fields, the new experience of having male classmates after having gone to a women's college, and how the important responsibilities of nurses are underestimated through stereotypes, sexist tropes, and condescending language. In Issue 3, 23-year-old Rachel moves to New York and struggles with finding a job. She works for a doctor, who quickly turns hostile and has uncomfortable interview experiences. She also laments the death by suicide of her friend, the writer, filmmaker and comedian Donna Ostrowsky.
Cover title.
No. 1 and 2 purchased from the author in 2013.
No. 3 gift of the author, donated in 2014.
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Acquired On
March 29, 2013
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