Despite COVID-19 cancer nurses continue to do all they can for their patients

Caring, courageous and innovative work goes on amid the fear and grief
Picture of nurses with personal protective equipment

Caring, courageous and innovative work goes on amid the fear and grief

I was a nurse before I was a journalist and in my time in both professions I’ve witnessed countless nurses making sacrifices on behalf of their patients.

Nursing attracts good people – I don’t think I was good enough – and putting others first is what nurses do.

But until a couple of months ago, instances of nursing staff risking their lives to make sick people better seemed to occur only in war zones and faraway epidemics.

Recently things have changed. Death and its effects for those left behind has come closer, much closer. Yet it still seems utterly shocking that so many healthcare workers have died while doing their jobs.

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