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!