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Part one

A crash course in saving lives

Eager and ambitious and, at 35, more tested by life than most of her peers, Julia Zelixon was, from the start, utterly sure she would succeed. (10/23/05)
 Photo gallery: Teacher and student
Part two

As a patient's needs multiply, the lessons become intense

From the moment Julia, the nurse in training, laid eyes on her severely ill patient, she felt uncertain what to do. (10/24/05)
 Photo gallery: A time of testing
Part three

Trauma case puts her capacity for clear-headedness to the test

In a two-hour struggle to save a patient injured in an auto accident, Julia found her feet and gained invaluable experience. (10/25/05)
 Photo gallery: Trying to save Sabrina
Part four

Time comes to perform on her own

After nine intense months of apprenticeship, Julia Zelixon was ready to stand on her own in the intensive-care unit. (10/26/05)


About the series
Reporter Scott Allen and photographer Michele McDonald observed the training of first-year nurse Julia Zelixon for seven months, as she cared for two dozen desperately ill patients. Hear about their experiences below. Massachusetts General Hospital allowed the Globe team unrestricted access to the ICU, on the condition that the patientsí names and photographs could only be used with their permission or that of a family member.

Audio
Scott Allen and Michele McDonald discuss their experiences at Mass. General. (7 mins. 20 secs.)
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