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Grace Under Fire - Remember Our Nurses

Ruth sends the article below about military nurses.  These nurses are definitely Soldiers that you should know.  [Hanky alert.]

Grace Under Fire

ROBERT DUNCAN LVN
CRISTINA PANSOY RN, BSN
LINDSAY TOWE RN, BSN
BIRGIT NOSALIK RN, BSN
BATINA SUNDEM RN, BSN
LISA SNYDER RN, MSN
DAWN GARCIA RN, BSN, MHA
GREGORY KIDWELL RN, MSN

WE SEND OUR American patients home—sometimes on their feet, sometimes in wheelchairs or on crutches or stretchers. Some of our patients are badly disfigured, and some have horrendous scars that can't be seen. Others we send home in black body bags, after we lovingly wrap their bodies in woolen Army blankets. But send them home we do. We're nurses of the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, and soldiers pass through our hands by the hundreds.

  Besides American soldiers and marines, we care for coalition troops, Iraqi and foreign dignitaries, and ordinary civilians, including children and babies. We also take care of Iraqi soldiers, whether friend or foe. They all need our caring and our compassion, so we push ourselves to do more than we'd ever have thought possible.

  War takes no holidays 
  We work at least 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, helping victims of mass casualties, mortar fire, car bombs, and military operations. Our job is endless: We provide nursing care through Easter and Independence Day, through Memorial Day and Thanksgiving, through Ramadan and the hajj. We work through our wedding anniversaries and our children's first steps, birthdays, and first days of school.

  We console ourselves and our loved ones with long-distance phone calls. To get through it, we share prayers with chaplains and tears with friends.

  When a soldier is dying, we hold his hand and promise not to let go first. We stay by his side and thank him for his sacrifices. Each death leaves us tearful and empty.

  Our nights are broken by sounds of nearby mortars, the drone of medevac helicopters, and endless nightmares. Each new day brings us more patients who wrench our hearts. Then we get up and do it all over again....

You can read the whole article here and there are pictures, as well.  There's a PDF version available, too, if you would like to email it.

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