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Growing up in the School of Nursing

A young woman leans over a crib with a baby in it. She is wearing a nurses' uniform.

Student nurse Peaches Smith with a newborn baby.


We have all grown up in training. I think that we have a better understanding of life than most of our contemporaries because we have seen so much of it here in hospital. We’ve listened to the very first cry of the baby and been there to hear the last breath of the dying, and, in a small way, helped all those in between life and death who wanted and needed us. Knowing much about the spirit of service and something of the various fates of humanity has contributed to our growth.

Student nurse, Class of 1959

Listen to Pat and Margaret, Class of 1958, talk about how they matured after they started training as nurses.

Audio clip with transcript: Pat and Margaret talk about maturity.