The book "I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse" includes this essay by nurse Kimberly A. Condon, who transitioned from acute patient care to hospice and found it changed her views on her role. She stayed with and comforted a couple when their son died was overcome herself by emotion. Rather than seeing it as a failure, she found she had been "absolutely present with them in that agonizing, priceless moment. It was the best I could do."

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