For several years now, my 18-year-old daughter has been planning to be a nurse. She has researched schools, scholarships
, volunteered in a nursing home, taken all the hard science classes and is concurrently taking college classes while in high school.
Monday, all that changed. The high school had a "health seminar" for all the senior girls in which they were shown films of people with advanced syphilis and gonorrhea (the kind of pictures where parts of people are eaten away). The pictures were so gross that several girls (among them my daughter) passed out! (the school didn't bother to let me know that happened, either!).
Now she is afraid that she will be unable to handle nursing school or a nursing job. "Mom, I can't even handle PICTURES, what would I do with a patient!"
While I think it is a good thing to explore future professions, I don't think that was the intent of this film (she had previously arranged to shadow a nurse this summer; I think she will go ahead and do that).
I guess I don't really understand what the school was thinking.