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If you’re a nursing student, please share your experience on this blog. I know many of you FCC students didn’t get a chance to speak.  And be sure to read next week’s story in Vida en el Valle. Once the story is published, there will be a photo gallery of the nursing students with gifts at Fresno Regional.

It felt like family.

Susan Sullivan's Fresno City College nursing students at Fresno Regional Medical Center.

Susan Sullivan's Fresno City College nursing students at Fresno Regional Medical Center.

That is hanging around with Fresno City College nursing students Pete Duarte, Corina Barnett, Elizabeth Lanto, Rainier Aguila, Jennifer Luna, Andrea Torres, César V. Lee, Crystal Bartolome, Trina Shilow, Brittany Gilchrist and Julie Armas. They are the students of Susan Sullivan, the nursing instructor at FCC who has poked and prodded at them for two years.

FCC nursing students showered their instructor and staff Fresno Regional with gifts and thanks.

FCC nursing students showered their instructor and staff at Fresno Regional with gifts and thanks.

The cohort delivered gifts and appetizing treats to the staff at Fresno Regional Medical Center for their support throughout the entire semester, well actually for the last couple of years.  Some of whom are hospital monitor John Torres, certified nursing assistant Mai Lor and registered nurse Jim Edmunds. They didn’t forget Susan either, who received several tokens of appreciation, but I did not notice anyone with an apple for the teach?

The badge of an FCC nursing student.

The badge of an FCC nursing student.

The group has suffered together and praised each other through the highs and lows. It’s long hours and late nights engulfed in textbooks. It’s challenging for marriages and life at home (I guess that’s why FCC requires married couples to go through the orientation together?). But they supported each other and the next phase is here. The state exam. Hang in there!  Study, study, study!

And thank you for letting me hang out. Dan.

So what’s going through their minds? What was it like? “Most of us are always just so freaked out about making it,” said Pete Duarte of Merced. “It’s a hard road.”

“It’s dedication … but it’s a good support group,” Julie Armas. “It’s a lot of stress … moment by moment … we’re different now,” said Corina Barnett. “It’s life-changing,” said Crystal Bartolome.”It’s growing within,” said Rainier Aguila. “This is an accomplishment,” said Trina Shilow. “but we’re done. And family couldn’t understand (all of the time).”

Written by Daniel Cásarez

May 20th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

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