In my life, as in the lives of others, there have been those fearful, even existential moments. Heading into surgery. Rushing my sons to the ER (on more occasions than I care to count). When my parents were ill and ailing. These are the moments when nothing else in the world matters, except love and competent care.
During every one of these frightful moments, it has been nurses who made the difference. They do more, of course, than treat our wounds and help heal our bodies. They support us and comfort us, ensuring that our shared humanity is what drives the practice of medicine. In short, it is nurses who put the care in healthcare.
Amidst all the social isolation and fear of the unknown, the human connection that nurses have provided us—even at the risk of their own lives—is more than laudable. It’s heroic.
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