My senior year of high school, my mom and I were talking about what I wanted to do with my life. She told me that she had always wanted to be a nurse but knew she would not be able to handle some of the unpleasantries required of nurses. There was a real shortage of them. I decided that I would attend St. Vincent’s School of Practical Nursing and give it a shot. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to finish. At that time the nurses uniform consisted of an all-white uniform, white hose and shoes and a white hat. I lived for the day that I could work as a nurse and wear that professional-looking attire. The uniform got old fast, but the work did not. I was always learning something new and the bond you experienced with your patients, their families and your coworkers made it extra special.
Jeanmaire Brunner, LPN
UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute