What Nurses Do

Ann Litts
3 min readSep 8, 2018
Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

I got on the elevator this week with a patient. A quiet young man obviously heading to the infusion floor for his chemo treatment. Port already accessed, he showed the tell tale signs of his treatment regime in his pale lips (anemia), his hair loss (cap on, but no eyebrows), and likely fighting some nausea — ginger ale already in hand.

It dawned on me, these are the parts of a human the nurse sees when she looks at someone. She just…