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Videos: Portraits of the American nurse

What does the nursing profession say about America? Photographer Carolyn Jones set out across the country to find out, and the result was the stunning tome The American Nurse, published in October. The American Nurse–featured in the Spring 2013 print issue of Scrubscomprises 75 portraits, interviews and biographies of nurses in America to highlight the true role nurses play in our healthcare system.

In the following videos, five of the nurses featured in The American Nurse give us the inside story of how they got into the profession–and how it gives their lives meaning. We dare you not to get chills while watching!

Pick up the Spring 2013 print edition  of Scrubs magazine to read more about these amazing nurses.

“I don’t look at their rap sheets–my job is to take care of a human being.” Tonia Faust, CCNM, RN. Hospice program coordinator, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, La.

“I’ve seen patients who are the granddaughters of people I’ve known.” Deborah Nettles, FNPInterim LSU Public Hospital, Mom & Baby Mobile Unit, New Orleans, La.

“…if I can help these guys, I can continue to do this work.” Brian McMillion, RN, MSN, MBA-HCM. VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, Caif.

“You never know what people are going through. Everyone is special. Everyone has a story.” Carly Turner, BSN, RN. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

“These families are tremendously strong. I’m sure they go through their breakdowns, but they come back with incredible strength and love.” Jessica Graef, MSN, RN, CNL. Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Pick up the Spring 2013 print edition  of Scrubs magazine to read more about these amazing nurses.

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