Thanks again, guys. I do believe it was harder on him, just because he was a guy. You know how it is, you put a older man in a lab coat and the patients all think he's a doctor. PLUS, his name was "Doug" and with his penna. accent it sounded like he was saying "Doc", so he was terrified that someone would think he was saying that he was a doctor and get him thrown out of school for impersonating one. ARGGGH!!!
I know we ALL have trials and horror stories going through nursing school, BUT, he definately had a tougher time than most.
In fact, my sons and I have established a Memorial Award in his name. It is a cash award to the graduate nurse who has gone through more "stuff" than ANYBODY else in the class to get through the program. We were privileged to give it for the first time last month to someone at his nursing school, who had gone through SO much 'stuff' to graduate, that you would think I was making it up. This nurse had no idea of the award, and to say it was a shock is an understatement. We call it '(his name) RN, Heart and Hustle Award'.
Harleyman loved being a nurse. I found out, after he died, that he told his favorite professor, "ya know, with the kind of luck I have, I'll get through school, pass my boards, get my license and then I'll have 'the big one' and drop dead". Harleyman was ALWAYS a man of his word.
You guys are great. Continued success in your careers. The world is better because of you all. Thank you.