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5,000 homecare nurses visit NYC patients during Sandy

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Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times


As New York and the rest of the Northeast attempts to regain some degree of normalcy after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, we’re hearing more reports of heroism during and after the storm.

One of those stories belongs to homecare nurses in New York City. The New York Times reports that more than 5,000 nurses, aides and social workers from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York visited patients in their homes during and after the hurricane.

The agency asked all registered nurses to participate in field duty, which required dealing with power failures, no public transit and traffic. Nurses reported walking up “pitch black” stairwells to visit patients in need.

What other examples of nurse heroism have you heard from the storm — were you there? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.

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