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Brother and sister nurses to graduate together May 25
(5-24-02)

Since the Sept. 11 attacks on America, the threat of terrorism continues to grow. The fragility of life is evident in newscasts that depict the smoldering ruins of buildings — the result of suicide bombers. For Mike Rokovich and Bambi White, a brother and sister, war is war, but caring for people, whether they are victims of terrorism, car accidents or serious illnesses, remains a lifelong priority. The two, both members of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, will graduate May 25 with bachelor of science in nursing degrees from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

"Since the Civil War era, nurses have literally stood by their patients, holding their hands throughout their most vulnerable moments," Rokovich, 36, said. "Although wars change and medical technology changes, the human side, the caring side, of medicine is a constant priority."

White, 46, said she and her brother enrolled at the UTHSCSA in 2000, became study mates and encouraged each other throughout the program. Rokovich was chosen to be the class speaker at the graduation ceremony for the School of Nursing's class of 2002, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University, 715 Stadium Drive. An expected 121 students will receive their bachelor of science in nursing degrees, 34 students will receive their master of science in nursing degrees and eight will receive their doctor of nursing degrees. "The nursing profession is not so much about administering medications, performing procedures and understanding pathophysiologic processes as it is about being there to care for people in their hour of need. This is an honor and a privilege," Rokovich said.

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