The nursing students are all dressed in matching scrubs. Some are standing and some are seated at auditorium-style desks. Zaheer Turtem is seated with his hands folded.

Nursing students line up at a ceremony in August 2022 before they start learning hands-on at hospitals. “I saw more appeal in helping patients,” Turtem said. “Knowing that I would be there when they need me.” Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror