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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Newly Pinned Nurses

My life in appalachia nurses

Soon to be pinned nursing students dressed in varying shades and styles of white mill around the back door of the building. They stand in the balance between years of hard work and the bright future that awaits each of them as they exit the other side of the stage.

Two colleges – one nursing consortium – all in Appalachia.

Tipper

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

 

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    Jeannine Andrews
    May 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    My granddaughter’s husband just became a nurse He will be a great asset to the nursing field. God has blessed him with all it takes to be a caring person.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 9, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I’m posting this a day late, but I just wanted to say how thrilled I was when my youngest sister, Janice, was pinned as a nurse and graduated from nursing school several years ago. She has had a worthy career as a nurse, in hospitals, in a government institution, and as head nurse and director of a mountain county’s Department of Health. A sincere salute to nurses who make such a difference in the quality of health care we receive!

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    Rev. RB
    May 9, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Prayers for them as they go forward, that they will bless and will always be blessed.
    God bless.
    RB
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    Ron Stephens
    May 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    My Mom was a nurse both by spiritual gift and by training. She had the gift of helps. I have found it to be rather rare. She spent herself for others in one way or another her whole life.
    She was in the US Cadet Nurse Corp during WWII. The program was designed to relieve a projected shortage of civilian nurses when the most experienced nurses became needed at the front; especially in relation to the expected invasion of the Japanese home islands.
    One of her nursing habits she ingrained in me is washing my hands. I am appalled to see the posters in restaurant bathrooms that ‘Employees must wash hands before returning to work’.

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    Ken
    May 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Tipper,
    I’ve had some experience with those dedicated and professional nurses at Murphy Medical Center over the past few months. Some of them knew me, but I’d never seen them before. I was treated so nice. I’m sure many were there because of Tri- County College, our hometown School of Cherokee County. Even my eye doctor speaks highly of all the nurses…Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    May 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

    My neighbor is a nurse. She worked while her husband stayed home and raised the kids and built a nice home for them. Now her son is playing baseball at Emory & Henry and their daughter is in middle school. Her husband has gone back to work.
    The reason I thought of Jennifer is because she has the same raven black hair as the lady pictured in the foreground and so does her daughter. I never knew her as a student nurse but all I ever see her wearing are maroon scrubs.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 8, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Such a change during my adulthood! When my son was born in 1985 the white uniform with the white hose & little cap were still the norm. Can’t imagine how they managed to do their work & stay immaculate as they seemed to. They looked very pretty but I’m sure scrubs are much more comfortable–easier to work in & to clean.
    My daddy worked at a state hospital for yrs. & they had their own laundry there. He was required to wear white. The clothing was starched so stiff he had to break open the pants legs before he could put them on. I guess it helped repel stains.

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    PinnacleCreek
    May 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Many years ago I finished all the hard work, and went forward to the future. The hardest work was yet to be! Nursing is a profession that defines who you are, and difficult to separate the person from the profession on your off time.
    Back in those days it was so extremely strict to include the entire appearance. Bless those who work in this field and care for our loved ones when we can’t.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

    We have a great niece Tammy Olsen who was pinned RN. We are so proud of all these nurses. Congregations to all.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

    We have a great niece Tammy Olsen who was pinned RN. We are so proud of all these nurses. Congregations to all.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

    We have a great niece Tammy Olsen who was pinned RN. We are so proud of all these nurses. Congregations to all.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

    We have a great niece Tammy Olsen who was pinned RN. We are so proud of all these nurses. Congregations to all.

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    dolores
    May 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    God bless these nurses to be, that they continue the bond established between patient and protector. Such a beautiful tribute to a very special profession.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    May 8, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Beautiful candidates! We all need them – in time! Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    May 8, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I love how astute you are and the conclusions you draw. Yes, they stand at the balance that tips as the walk across the stage from student to professional. We have tipping points all through our lives but most are not as obvious and easily defined as graduation.

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