Secret Valentine (Corey shares a revelation)

Chapter 34 Standing next to me on the front step as I unlock the door to my house, Corey asks, “How was your shift?” I stop for a moment in the open doorway thinking about my answer. “Well, it’s a stressful shift when I use cuss words as punctuation; silently of course, I’m a peds […]

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What Nurses Look Like (Niki Ponders Professional Identity)

Chapter 33 Back at work, the photo shoot is quickly forgotten in the revolving chaos of pediatric intensive care nursing. Despite the cute styles and print fabrics of the scrubs we wore on the set, tonight I’m wearing plain green scrubs pilfered from the OR.  You have to know someone with the keypad code to […]

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You Do Important Work (Niki Makes a Purchase)

Chapter 32 The photo shoot progressed in ‘hurry up and wait’ format. We patiently stood in front of the camera while lights were adjusted, and the angles of our faces repositioned, dressed in brightly colored scrubs, with improved, professionally applied make up. Even the male nurse’s eyebrows were shaped with pencil, and he had concealer […]

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