Students and their emotional baggage.
I have taught diploma nursing students as well as degree and working nurses. The former group seems to have more emotional baggage than the latter. I got them to write an essay about their family and discovered the amount of baggage some of them carried!
“I hate my lecturer parents! They are so strict! I have to go back home before 10.00 pm, and I can’t stay overnight at my friends’ house!” Some of the classmates agreed. But some explained that her parents were strict because they loved her! Now she is a successful entrepreneur and has teenaged children herself!
“My father used to beat us at home. He died of cancer when we were young. If God can give me my father back, I don’t mind being beaten a thousand times every day!” This girl got the whole class crying, including me! Now she is a nurse manager. She has two young boys.