This week the American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week. In honor of the several nurses in my family I created this page about my father’s sisters, who both dedicated themselves to caring for the sick.
Each of my aunts went to Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh right after high school. They were eight years apart in age (my dad was the middle child, Aunt Bubbles (Frances) on the left was three years older and Aunt Doo Doo (Mary Lou) on the right is five years younger), so they did not attend nursing school together. However, they did both stay and work out their nursing careers in the Pittsburgh area.
These photos were the ones taken upon their graduation from nursing school, and I just love them! I am grateful to their families for sending me these portraits so that I could create this tribute page about my two aunts.
It’s also important to mention that their careers in nursing have led to daughters and granddaughters of theirs following suit!
There is a nursing tribute I found online for nurses who have passed away. It’s called “The Nightingale Tribute,” and I’m quoting it here because these words led to my page’s title:
“Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nursing is a service profession that cannot be lived in isolation. Nurses rely on each other for the synergistic effect of teamwork in our efforts of care giving. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues not only during their career, but also at the end of life’s journey.”
I created this page using papers from My Mind’s Eye “Stella & Rose” collection, decorative brads from Echo Park and a title I created and cut with my Silhouette Cameo.