Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mom was a Registered Nurse


My mother was the first in her family to go to college, graduating from the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis in 1939.

She worked briefly in a hospital, but most of her career was in the office of Dr. George Wagoner in Delphi, Ind.

She took her work seriously and always wore a starched white uniform and white cap. She considered today’s scrubs a scandalous relaxation of standards and hated seeing nurses wearing them.

She spent her last five months in a retirement/nursing center and often was seen with her wheelchair pulled up next to another resident’s wheelchair, checking their pulse.

Small wonder that we buried her in her best white uniform and cap.

Here she is at a reunion of her nursing class. I think it was the 50th in 1989 and that’s her holding the sign.


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