Humans of New York Post Sums Up Everything We Love About Nurses

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This week, Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton left the streets of New York City for a different setting — the Pediatrics Department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He’s been sharing the stories of patients and their families, but one post in particular summed up everything we love about nurses.

“The MDs build the treatment plan. The nurse’s job is to get it done,” says the nurse photographed by Stanton. “We’re the ones who are always there, making sure every single moment of every single day is the best it can possibly be.”

The post in its entirety reads:

“The MDs build the treatment plan. The nurse’s job is to get it done. We’re the ones who are always there, making sure every single moment of every single day is the best it can possibly be. What’s going to take away that nausea? What’s going to take away that pain? How can we convince the doctor to let this kid see some sunshine? We know when the kid has a play at school. We know which massage therapist they love and which member of the family is most likely to persuade them to take their medicine. These kids rely on certain nurses like they’re gold. A lot of time these kids won’t listen to the doctor. But they’ll listen to their nurse.”

Just another reminder why nurses rock.

Check out the Humans of New York Facebook page to see more from Stanton’s series in the cancer center.

The Mighty, in partnership with Fuck Cancer, is asking the following: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten or a mantra that spoke to you following your diagnosis?  Find out how to email us a story submission here.


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