Why does someone choose to become a nurse? The most common answer is to provide care to another human being. Compassionate care. In this seven-part series on nursing in Maine, we explore the challenges and rewards of being a nurse. At the moment, the nation, and especially Maine, faces a critical shortage of nurses. We look at why in part one of Nurses Needed, a Catching Health special report.
In 1998, Simone Colwill was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease — a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. At the time, she had a two-year-old and a three and a half-year-old and was expecting her third child. Over the years, she was in and out of the hospital, which was always hard on the children. She tried to find a book that […]
Lisa, who is a nurse, says she is “not one to accept most immunizations due to various health concerns.” This year, when she and other hospital employees were asked to get a flu shot, she declined, as usual. “I’m one of those people who takes very good care of my health, and use elderberry extract […]