1. Stephens, Karen C. MSN, RN

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I graduated from an associate's degree program in 1974 and wore Clinic shoes for all of my clinical nursing duties until 1988. When my daughter graduated from nursing school a few years ago, she came to work at the same facility. I worked nights in the ICU, and she worked nights in the ED. She said, "Mom, please do not wear those old-fashioned nursing shoes. I will be so embarrassed." I wasn't sure that I could even find them, but I was not wearing Clinics at that time (many nights I wished that I had been). One night she came to the ICU with a patient from the ED. I looked down at her feet, and what was she wearing? Those old-fashioned nursing shoes!! I reminded her of what she had said about them, and she replied, "But they're so comfortable." I have teased her many times about that.


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Karen C. Stephens, MSN, RN


Corbin, KY