I discovered that I have joined an elite international club - the nursing club. While in LA, I was chating to Peter's roommates mom. As we talked, I mentioned that I was in nursing school. She immediately exclaimed that she was a nurse and the conversation took off from there. We compared rotations, school, funny stories and how great nursing is.
We also both recognized the instant camaraderie that comes with being a nurse. There is an immediate connection, respect, and shared experience, even if you were trained in different decades and have worked completely different kinds of nursing. You are still a nurse, and therefore, still a member of the elite international club.