Cynthia Broze received a Master of Science Degree at California State University, Long Beach, and her Nurse Practitioner training from the Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner’s Program at Harbor-UCLA, in 1992. She began writing professionally in 2003 after completing the Master Class in Novel Writing program at UCLA with Les Plesko.

 But she began her career as a nurse in the early 1970’s. She’s been a nurse for Alzheimer’s patients and in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She’s traveled to home health visits and private duty cases. She was an office nurse and a nurse practitioner in an office. She tried didactic and clinical instructing. She has been a case manager and a clinical coordinator.

Broze joined the Peace Corps in 1980. She lived in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro (the Philippines) for two years where she worked in community health and leprosy education. The town had no library so she organized one with 10,000 donated books she obtained from libraries and schools around the world.

Nurses of Los Angeles: Uncapping the Mystery begins in 1850, when California became a state, and culminates with the Nurses’ Float at the 2013 Pasadena Rose Parade. The book contains over 400 historical photographs—many never before published—about the nurses, the events, and the schools that shaped the nursing profession in Los Angeles.