A fellow nurse mourns tragic loss of five Georgia Southern students

This tribute to the five young women killed in an accident on I-16 near Savannah Wednesday morning is from a fellow nurse, Nancy McLaughlin of Woodstock.

By Nancy McLaughlin

Morgan Bass of Leesburg

Morgan Bass of Leesburg

Nursing school is hard. And NOBODY understands it like your fellow nursing students.  Nursing is one of the few undergraduate programs in which tears of frustration, sorrow, and joy are practically written into the curriculum. It’s like a sorority or fraternity picked by the school based on their opinion of whether you have what it takes to be a great nurse. And you need each other to get you through.

Nursing students rely on each other, cover for each other, teach each other, learn from each other and support each other. And they all share the common goal of one day being a great nurse who can provide skill and compassion to those in need.

Emily Clark of Powder Springs

Emily Clark of Powder Springs

As a RN and a former Georgia Southern University student, the news of the tragedy on I -16 hit me hard. Hearing that they were all nursing students on the way to their final clinical of the semester made me feel nauseous.

Although I completed my nursing degree at a different university, I attended Georgia Southern University for 2 1/2 years and had several close friends in the nursing program. I saw the bond they had, witnessed their study sessions, and heard their plans for carpooling to Savannah for clinicals that started at 6:30 a.m.

Caitlyn Baggett of Millen

Caitlyn Baggett of Millen

I’ve been a RN for 20 years and can honestly say that some of the best nurses I’ve worked with attended Georgia Southern. Chances are that if you’ve been hospitalized in the state of Georgia, you’ve been cared for by one or more of the excellent nurses educated at Georgia Southern University.

McKay Pittman of Alpharetta

McKay Pittman of Alpharetta

I can only imagine the pain of their family, friends, and fellow nursing students. I know the type of bond that exist among nursing students and take comfort that the GSU nursing students will be supporting each other and leaning on each other as they make sense of this tragedy.

Abbie Deloach of Savannah

Abbie Deloach of Savannah

I pray that the two surviving nurses receive all the physical and emotional healing they need to move forward with their lives.So many have lost a daughter, granddaughter, sister, girlfriend, and best friend, but we have all lost the excellent and compassionate care of five future nurses.

Georgia Southern University is holding a vigil tonight to remember these students.  I hope that the rest of Georgia will also take a moment to remember these young ladies whose plan in life was to take care of other people.

 

 

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Halloween31
Halloween31

How beautifully written.  How sadly remembering the  family , friends, loved ones, of these five beautiful young ladies, students and future nurses.  Such a tragic accident.  God be with the two surviving girls as they put their lives back together too.  

Batgirl2
Batgirl2

I have long believed that the work nurses do elevates them to sainthood.  Sadly, five promising young saints have left us to live among the angels.  My heart aches for their family and friends.  

Dusty2
Dusty2

Five beautiful young ladies were traveling to learn more about caring for the sick and those that need help.  Then we lost them.  But their inspiration is not lost.  Others will look at their smiles and their journey and begin their own  goal  of  goodness to others. We celebrate young lives dedicated to the finer ideals of life even as we sorrow over the absence of their presence.  Let these families be proud of their daughters as shining examples for others to follow.  May those who established the high ideals of their daughters be blessed with the joyful memories and hope for others even as the heart grieves.  I, like so many others, sit in sadness at this quiet time of love and loss..    

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@Dusty2 

Probably one of the most beautiful passages I have read in quite some time.  Well said.

BurtDawg
BurtDawg

A tremendous amount of love and a future with no boundaries has left us. My soul is empty. Not sure how to accept this.


Astropig said it all in a touching post......

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I feel great sorrow for the families and friends of these up and coming young nurses.

hssped
hssped

What a sad, sad day.

Astropig
Astropig

Astropig jr. graduated from GSU. Our family has driven I-16 many times. Its a seemingly endless,lonely drive from Macon that is heavy with Port Of Savannah truck traffic. I can't imagine the grief that these families are feeling.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Be Eagle Strong.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Coming from a GSU alumni, I pray for the families of these women. I am saddened by young women working so hard to have such a tragic accident happen. Prayers for the family.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

This is sad beyond words.  My deepest condolences to the families of these fine young women.  Their spirits will live on Earth through you.