Letter: Nurses with associate degrees provide great care

Published: 2/9/2021 12:01:38 AM

I am writing in response to the statements made by Rep. Linda Tanner (D-Georges Mills) to the N.H. House Education Committee regarding nurses with an associate degree.

Let me begin by saying that my son, after having served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman, assigned to a U.S. Marine Unit, earned his associate degree, having graduated “most outstanding student” of his class.

Let me tell Rep. Tanner that he is no “Jeannie off the sidewalk.” And there are many more outstanding and capable RN’s with an associate degree who just one day could possibly save your life. You obviously have no clue as to how qualified and valuable they are, and your statements were out of line and truly offensive, particularly at a time of a pandemic.

Rep. Tanner, you need to come off your high horse and consider apologizing to every nurse out there, regardless of their degree. You should be so lucky as to end up with my son caring for you should you become ill. And I can tell you that even though you insulted every nurse out there who graduated from a community college, should any one of them end up caring for you, they would give you the same outstanding care they give to all their other patients.

I am one of many who are extremely thankful for their intelligence, dedication, kindness, and professionalism.

LINDA KNIGHTLY

Gilford


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