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  • Joanne Staha was the inspiration for The American Nurse Project. A chemotherapy infusion nurse, she treated Carolyn Jones in 2004 at NYU Langone Medical Center when the photographer and filmmaker had breast cancer. Staha has provided education and emotional support to patients since she began her nursing career in 2000.
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  • Brian McMillion joined the Army as a medic where he obtained a college fund and went into the Reserves. He was called to active duty in the First Gulf War. Today, with a double master’s degree, he coordinates the Caregiver Support Program at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
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  • Bridget L. Kumbella grew up in Cameroon and came to the United States in 1987. She wanted to study to be a doctor, but realized nurses were the ones with the most direct access to patients. She holds an advanced degree in nursing education and teaches cultural awareness in nursing at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.
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  • Germaine Williams has been an operating room nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for the last 26 years. She has a B.S. in animal science and a B.S.N. in nursing. She considered being a veterinarian and once had a job slaughtering pigs and cows, but today, she is enrolled in a master’s in nursing program.
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  • Jason Short, a home nurse with Appalachian Hospice Care in Kentucky, grew up during the coal boom and worked as a car mechanic, then a trucker. He was in a wheelchair for six months after a motorcycle accident, which inspired him to become a critical care nurse. His patients live in remote places where ambulances can’t reach.
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  • Joan O’Brien was raised in the Bronx, New York, the third oldest of 10 children. Two of her siblings have epilepsy and her sister in handicapped, so she began helping people at an early age. For the last 25 years, she has worked as a nurse at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
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  • Matt Tederman has been a flight nurse with LifeNet in the Heartland for the last decade, working out of the Nebraska Medical Center for the past six-and-a-half years. He grew up on a corn, soy bean and cattle farm, and most of his family members are still farmers.
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  • Patricia Abbot has been a nurse for 25 years and is now an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She was among the first to see that computers were going to become crucial to the nursing profession and got into the field of informatics to make sure nurses had a voice in emerging technology.
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  • Rosemary Livingston works with children in the heart and kidney unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Born in Virginia, she was inspired to be a nurse in response to medical issues in her family.
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  • Sister Stephen Bloesl joined the Sister Servants of Christ of the King in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, in 1965. One day, she fell in love with a baby goat at a pet store and suggested the sisters raise animals. Today, at Villa Loretto Nursing Home, she brings the joy of animal therapy to those at the end of life.
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  • Tonia Faust grew up near Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, where her mother worked in security. After earning her nursing degree, she worked at a nursing home. Today, she brings compassionate nursing to prisoners at Angola.
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  • Venus Anderson is part of a select group of about 5,000 flight nurses currently working in the United States. In addition to working for Nebraska Medical Center and LifeNet in the Heartland, she works in the pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
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