What Nurse Bioethicists Bring to Bioethics: The Journey of a Nurse Bioethicist

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Istarted my nursing career as a pediatric nurse working with children and their families at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. My first position was a staff nurse on a busy surgical floor called 4 Blue. To some degree, and as I reflect on that time, one is never truly prepared as a newly minted nurse or physician for the realities of becoming a clinician. So it was for me. I initially worked a rotational schedule of two weeks of days and two weeks of nights where textbook pediatric cases became everyday experiences. Caring for the most complex of childhood illnesses included patients with osteosarcoma, Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, short gut syndrome, biliary...

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