Memories of Kent State's pioneering nursing class

Due to the random circumstance that my last name begins with "A", I am the first graduate of the KSU School of Nursing. My earliest memory of our pioneering class was small group meetings at the home of Dr. Henderson, held during our freshman year. She described her vision for the school and encouraged each of us to work hard and enjoy school. I believe that we were fortunate to begin our nursing studies during our sophomore year. In 1968, there were no dedicated learning spaces for nursing students, just classrooms spread around campus, off-campus at the Newman Center, and of course, during the bus trips to and from our clinical sites. I have fond memories of many faculty, complete with various personalities and teaching styles. After graduation, we wondered if we had learned enough to pass our boards, since there was no institutional history to comfort us. Since then, I have enjoyed a varied career, including staff nursing, education, and administration. My fields of expertise included perinatal nursing and hospice (womb to tomb). I was well-prepared and eager to apply my knowledge and became a life-long learner. I am proud to be a part of the inaugural class. Congratulations to all who made this possible and have led KSU nursing into the future since then.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:57am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:57am
Debbie Aiton, MPH, BSN