To Alleviate Suffering

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Jim and Heather had formed an eight-step pact during high school. They would attend Vanderbilt together and take those classes that would best prepare them for the MCAT. Once they had their undergraduate degrees they would: Get married, and apply for admission to Yale. After accepted, they would study to become surgeons, work diligently and graduate with honors. They would then return to Nashville and work for the largest hospital in Tennessee (the highly regarded HealthWing.) Heather would become Director of Medicine, and Jim would become Chief Surgeon. All goes according to plan except for one small change. A few months into their years at Yale, Jim decided that a career as a RN would be a much better fit.
 
Years later, Heather uses her administrative position at HealthWing to make mandatory changes in the nurses’ dress code.
 
 
“Thee I love . . . put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove . . . friendly persuasion.”


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