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Professor seeks meaningiful work as oncology nurse

“…In the end her symptoms, and the numbers, said it all, so she went back to intensive care, still gasping for air, her mouth open and tense under the mask. Breathing took so much effort that the muscles of her neck were drawn in deeply, like gills….” (NYT)

Ex-English professor/oncology nurse, Theresa Brown tells her fish out of water story in the New York Times’ article, “Basic and Vital: A Struggle to Breathe.”

In the article, Brown reflects on her decision to leave academia for the more meaningful work of nursing and tells a compelling story about the challenges of being a first time nurse and the stuff that stays with you when you lose a patient.

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