"What a privilege to be connected to such a fine institution."
I was part of the first graduating class in 1971, transferring from the St. Luke's Hospital 3 year program. At the time, this "new" BSN program seemed grueling. Up early to take the bus to Cleveland, night classes, not much free time. After graduation, I quickly realized how lucky I was to have attended KSU School of Nursing. I felt well prepared at the very beginning of my nursing career, perhaps a bit nervous, but always confident. I have been particularly thankful for the strong base I received in ethics, standards of practice, critical thinking, and the desire to be a lifelong learner. Here I am, almost 68 years old and still giving my time to Hospice, a Day Away Program for people with dementia, a Bone Builders program for people with osteoporosis, and mission work in India.
Over the years my husband and I have moved many times, giving me the opportunity to try many different areas of nursing including medical-surgical, pediatric oncology, traumatic brain injury, visiting nurse and community health nursing, school nursing, parish nursing, and a nurse educator here in the USA and in India. I have found them all rewarding. I never felt I "had to be a nurse," it was always my choice, a calling. So now I wonder, how long? There is no clear answer. This I do know, as mature nurses, those of us who have been around for a while need to continue to encourage and mentor the new nurses not just at KSU but wherever our work takes us. There are so many ways we can help KSU College of Nursing continue to educate the future nurses of tomorrow. What a privilege for me to be connected to such a fine institution.