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Musical selection: Piano Concerto #20 in C, K466, Second Movement - Romanza (Andante), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, courtesy of Classical MIDI Archives, © 1999 Pierre R. Schwob

Thanks to Meredith Joyner of Nash Community College in North Carolina for this inspiring prayer.

THE STUDENT NURSE'S PRAYER

Dear Lord: I know we go through this every day but please give me the knowledge as to why I actually wanted to go to nursing school. Lord, give me the strength to make it through those boring three hour lectures without falling asleep. Lord, please give me the patience to make it through twelve hour clinicals with instructors that can't just give you the right answer and on the same note, give the nurses the ability to remember what it was like to be a student and give us just a little more respect. Lord, give me the endurance to read all the assigned readings and be able to remember it when I am taking a test with four right answers. Lord, give my family and friends the ability to realize I really am on the edge of insanity. Finally, Lord, give me the vision to see that one day I will be a real nurse and I will never have to wear this ugly uniform again.