A Tale of Two Nurses


Grandmother and granddaughter, both nurses.
Grandmother graduated in June of 1937.
Massachusetts Memorial Hospital and
Utica College of Nursing Class of 2014.


My mother would have been proud of our
daughter and her chosen profession. Vastly
different job descriptions and many moons
apart. Both in caring and helping professions.

Finally after a couple cross-country trips,
the long-awaited vintage nurse’s cap and
graduation ceremony program arrived
and awaited a visit from our daughter.

Grandmother must have smiled down
from heaven to see her granddaughter
wearing the vintage cape and cap. Our
daughter wore white scrubs consisting

of white top and white pants. Her
grandmother’s attire was much different
and probably more constricting. When
making beds as an RN, grandmother used

hospital corners. No fitted sheets
in those days. Nurses today have
different duties as well. Past and present
converged at our home this past Easter.

In the program for granddaughter was
information on the Nightingale Oath.
Our daughter was pinned by her Dad.
The oath was recited by the new nurses.

And the noble profession of nursing
continues today and who knows
what the future will bring? New
technology and new nurses!

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27 Responses to A Tale of Two Nurses

  1. Emily says:

    Thank you so much mom! I love this it’s so beautiful! ❤️

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  2. Darlene says:

    How very special. You must be so proud. Nurse are angels on earth.

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  3. Beautiful… Congratulations to Emily–she’s glowing as she follows in Grandma’s footsteps!

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Bette. Emily does glow when she dons the cape and cap her grandmother wore some 80+ years ago. Following in footsteps too. Her patients notice her kindnesses too. Thank you, Bette. Your comment is much appreciated. Enjoy the weekend. We have snow flurries here this morning.

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      • Nothing makes a mother’s heart leaf with joy like our love for our beautiful (inside and out) daughters, Mary Ann! ♥ Rainy weekend here–thankfully 98% of our snow is gone and greens are gleaming. Hugs! xx

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      • From one mother to another, you offer sage advice on daughters, High winds and snow on and off but not sticking. Rainy when not snowing so a good weekend to be indoors and cook soups. Hugs to you as well, lovely lady.

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  4. Array says:

    Two lovely ladies! Thanks for sharing lovely pics of your daughter and mom. Congratulations!

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  5. balroop2013 says:

    Hi Mary Ann, it is so strange that my picture above doesn’t match with my name! But when I clicked on “Array” it took me to my blog! WordPress is acts so weird at times!
    I love both the pictures – your mom has the face of an Angel. No wonder she worked for comforting patients. Your daughter is ready to soar! May God bless her with a successful career.

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    • Thanks for taking the time to comment again, Balroop. I love your comment about my mother’s face as that of an angel. Of course I have to agree. 🙂 Our daughter is already soaring at work and in her NP studies. She will go places in life. Your kind words are so much appreciated, Balroop! Thank you once again.

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  6. Clare Pooley says:

    Congratulations to Emily! You must be so proud of her!

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  7. Nancy C says:

    Enjoyed this. Emily is following in her Grandmothers steps. Two beautiful & caring women.

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  8. Jerry M says says:

    This is a winner! Save it! I loved the capes!

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  9. What a delightful post! Thanks for sharing your pride and joy with us.

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  10. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, it must have been an extra emotional and proud day when Emily graduated as a nurse … she brings her grandmother’s love and care to the profession! The cape looks grand on her, a sign of quiet authority whilst still elegant and practical. Does Emily wish they wore something like this nowadays? She is literally carrying the mantle onwards! Best wishes to you both! X

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    • Annika, your lovely comment warmed my heart. I love your expression to “carry the mantle” onwards too. Naturally, the German word “Mantel” comes to mind. In a couple years, she will be a Nurse Practitioner and work with adults and the aging. I know her grandmother is smiling down upon her from heaven. Warm wishes to you as well. oxox

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  11. You must be beyond proud, thank you for sharing this lovely post!

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