The Longform Guide to Nurses
It takes a special kind of person to become a nurse. You have to be willing to work long shifts. To care for people when nobody else will. To be there for families at their darkest hour. And to do it all while being taken for granted.
Nursing is hard, thankless work. And yet nearly four million people in America do it every day. Here are a few of their stories, a collection presented in partnership with Johnson & Johnson.
What Nurses Stand For
Sitcoms satirize them, the media ignore them, doctors won’t listen to them, and now hospitals are laying them off, sacrificing them to corporate medicine — yet nurses’ contributions to patients and families is beyond price.
In the bayou south of New Orleans, a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership tries to reverse the life chances for babies born into extreme poverty. Sometimes it actually succeeds.
Tereza Sedgwick trains to become a nurse aid, one of the fastest-growing — and most challenging — jobs in America.
A Nurse Reflects on the Privilege of Caring for Dying Patients
An interview with Theresa Brown, author of The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve hours, Four Patients’ Lives.
My First Life as a Nurse
A former nurse who left to become an English professor remembers the stress of her first career.
The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
A palliative care nurse on the inspiring lessons she learned from her dying patients.