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Employer: VA Boston Healthcare System
Job: Registered nurse
"So, we have people that have a bad heart, they need to go into the operating room to fix it, and I help them get better after they get out. The biggest thing, I think, is talking to the patients, because anxiety is just such a huge issue after the surgery. You have to put yourself in their shoes. I try to put an optimistic spin on it, and be happy for the patient, try and joke a little bit. I just love taking care of these people. They put their lives on the line and I feel grateful for them.
"We're there with the patient all the time. Nursing is key to the hospital."