We were struck by a recent New York Timesarticle about Martha Keochareon, a nurse dying from pancreatic cancer, who invited students from her alma mater to her bedside:
For Ms. Keochareon, this was a chance to teach something about the profession she had found late and embraced — she became a nurse at 40, after raising her daughter and working for years on a factory floor.
“When I was a nurse, it seemed like most of the other nurses were never too happy having a student to teach,” she said, lying in her bedroom lined with pictures of relatives, friends, and herself in healthier times. “I loved it.”
The nurses in training, too, found great benefit to Keochareon’s kindness:
When the new semester starts this month, Ms. Santiago and Ms. Elliot will return to more conventional coursework: a pharmacology class, for example, and rotations in maternity and acute care…
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