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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Looking Back

45 years ago today I set out with my parents and my aunt to begin my three years at Georgia Baptist School of Nursing.   I had only been to Atlanta one time before that day and that was to interview for the school back in January.

I remember some of the upper classmen being there to help us unload our cars and get settled in Sewell Dorm. I lived on the fifth floor my first year. Freshmen were not allowed to use the elevators during the week. The elevators were the territory of the juniors and seniors who worked in the hospital and did not have time to dilly dally at the dorm.  We did not gain the freshman 15 climbing five flights of stairs every day.

I was blessed with some of the sweetest friends and we are still friends to this day.


Nursing school was hard but then it has to be hard as it turned young girls into professional nurses who worked in many hospitals all over the USA and produced quite a few missionary nurses as well.

Even though it has been 45 years I can still remember the butterflies in my stomach as I watched my parents drive away. Would I be able to make it through three challenging years and reach my goal? I admit that even though I have not worked as a nurse for many years, I still have dreams that I am late passing out meds or that I forgot that I had a whole hall of patients to care for!!   Here's to all the class of June 1976....we did all right!!

8 comments:

Sandy said...

Wonderful picture of you. IT was hard, but so worth it. You did well for a little girl from the country.

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

How wonderful that you still keep in touch with your friends from your nursing career. I did exactly the same thing for 3 years and it was some of the best years, tho hard, of my life.

RJ said...

Arlene this is a wonderful story. I truly enjoyed reading about your nursing journey. Nurses are angels here on earth in my book. They have been so kind and nice to us and I'm so grateful for them each and every day. I love the photo of the group. How wonderful to still be connected to these girls. We are still friends with three other couples from college days...the four couples did everything together and I'm so glad they are still in our lives. Come by and see us ... we missed you this week. RJ

Gina said...

You most certainly did! What a young beauty you were. Isn't it strange to see pictures of yourself with dark hair from long ago? When I see pictures of my younger self, it is almost like I can't remember having brown hair!

Mary Hutchins said...

That's a great picture, I think it's wonderful that you've stayed in touch with your friends for all these years.

Carole said...

Fabulous memories. Thanks for sharing them. Cheers from CArole's Chatter

Carol said...

How wonderful that you are still friends with so many of your nursing school classmates, Arlene! You must have some wonderful stories and memories to recall when you get together :)

Mari said...

I love the picture! Yes, nursing school was hard but worth it!
I have dreams of being late passing meds or being halfway through my shift without getting anything done too.