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Program provides free nursing, health care training to advance diversity

Roslyn Simmons-Lindsay

As a child, when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I enthusiastically would respond, “a nurse.” Everyone I grew up around was working in some form of health care, but the person who impacted me the most was my grandmother, Betty Simmons Baines.

My grandmother is a retired geriatric licensed practical nurse and as the first-born grandchild, I spent a lot of time with her. I loved listening to her stories about her patients and the extraordinary lives that they lived. She was especially proud that she was the nurse for the mother of Pittsburgh native and famous entertainer Gene Kelly. Despite being one of the only African American nurses working for that facility, she loved her job, and they grew to love and respect her.

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