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April 28, 2007

Following mom at GC

Nursing isn’t just a profession for four women graduating from Goshen College today. It’s a family tradition.

Naomi Rice Smucker, Jennifer Buchholz, Lydia Weisel and Rachel Nofziger will each receive a nursing degree from GC this afternoon — just as their mothers did more than two decades ago.

“I got a little teary when she got her (nursing) pin,” Naomi’s mother, Becky Rice Smucker, said following the nurses’ pin ceremony Saturday afternoon.

The Goshen mother and daughter recalled how Naomi had expressed interest in being a nurse since she was little.

“She used to say to me, ‘Your hands smell so good,’ but it was from the gloves I wore all day,” Becky recalled. (Naomi, however, said she can’t remember saying such a thing.)

While Naomi said she was likely influenced by having a mom as a nurse, “It was my decision to become a nurse,” she said.

Becky never pushed advice on Naomi about nursing, but she said she did tell her daughter that nursing provides a lot of flexibility, which is a great thing to have in a job.

One of the biggest changes in nursing that Becky has seen over the years is how nurses and patients interact.

“It used to be nurses weren’t encouraged to laugh or cry with their patients. Now we do,” she said.

Becky, a 1977 GC graduate, has been a nurse at Goshen General Hospital for 14 years. Naomi will be starting her career as a nurse at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, in July. She will work in critical care.

With both parents working as nurses, nursing might seem the obvious career choice for Goshen resident Jennifer Buchholz. However, she actually got a psychology degree before deciding nursing was her calling.

With her nursing degree in hand today, she can’t wait to begin her first day as a nurse — June 13 — at Elkhart General Hospital in the critical care unit.

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