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Alice, I worked on PEDS as a RN for almost 2 years with many of the nurses that are still there today. I saw patients with horrible conditions because of abuse, I saw children with cancer die, I saw children with cancer live - I saw parents worry, pray and I saw miracles...I took my work home with me and hugged my son tighter, and cried in the bathroom, and cried on the way home more mornings than I care to remember. I met residents and interns scared to death, hoping to get through the PEDS rotation and "not harm anyone". Brave doesn't begin to describe it - doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, interns, residents - heroes - all of them. I am humbled everyday by where I started my nursing career and can't tell you how honored I am to say it was on the PEDS floor at Carilion Clinic.

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