Monday, August 17, 2009

Tokens of Gratitude From My Students

Being the science faculty for the students in the School of Nurse Anesthesia is challenging and rewarding. The students are extremely smart, exceptionally stable, and among the nicest people you will ever meet. They are training to become the high-level medical professionals who keep you alive during surgery.
Here I am shamelessly bragging about the presents that the Class of 2011 gave me recently at the end of the first year of their rigorous three-year program. The T-shirt, while probably the most inexpensive of the presents, is the most priceless because it sports many of my sayings or what the students now call “Ronnie-isms” on the back. I am moved that they have memorized these remarks some of which refer to concepts they previously never knew.

Plus, the students really have sized me up. They know I am a T-shirt person. They have also observed that I have a big weakness for jewelry and prefer that it is coordinated. Look at the two beautiful sets of jewelry my students gave me.

The students presented these gifts to me during a wonderful special luncheon they put together in the hospital cafeteria just after they took the last of my exams. Teaching science to medical professionals like my students, who want to learn as much as they can so that they can be the very best nurse anesthetists, is an awesome responsibility I accept with pleasure!

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