I remember well the day that I received the badge! We were all gathered in the auditorium at Holy Name for the Service Ceremony …….. and Pat Boone, the 50’s pop singer, gave each of us our badge and a rose. He and his family lived in Teaneck where the hospital was located. We all wore pink and white striped pinafores which is where the name Candy Striper came from.
(I was a Rick Nelson fan, myself. 😉 )
The responsibilities I was given as a volunteer included sterilizing the baby bottles in the autoclave,and cleaning the circumcision boards and baby bassinets after each use. I would string the alphabet beads on elastic cord to make the ID bracelets for mother and baby. The Maternity Ward was a happy place for a fifteen-year-old Candy Striper as she went about refilling water pitchers with fresh water and delivering flowers and mail to the new moms. More than any hope of becoming a nurse, I dreamed of one day holding my own newborn.
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