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“…nurses have played a vital role in getting me where I am today.”

These are just some of the nurses that have made my life better over the years. From the nurse that held my hand in the operating room in 2004 to the nurse that reminded me not to look as they did a blood draw at my last primary appointment, nurses have played a vital role in getting me where I am today.

During law school, I was asked to talk to nursing students to put the opioid crisis into perspective as someone who has/does use opioids as an effective treatment and just as someone who has interacted with the healthcare system a lot. One of the points that came up during the talk was the idea that nurses can be used as a front line for patient advocacy. A student asked a question about how nurses are supposed to manage to be all the things that nurses are supposed to be and can be for their patients and be the first line of defense against the opioid crisis. Basically, how do we give all of that? Who can we cry mayday to? My response was that apart from the support nurses should get from their institution, nurses also give a tremendous amount of hope to their patients. Hopefully, creating a feedback loop of hope lessening the burden they feel.

Thank you, nurses. ∎

JOEL CARTNER

Lawyer, Awareness Ties Official Advisor & Columnist
 www.awarenessties.us/joelcartner Joel Cartner is a lawyer and public policy professional with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia and Retinopathy of Prematurity. Cartner has a background in public health, disability, and education law and policy. He received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Cartner currently lives in Washington D.C. where he works as a Document Review Attorney while seeking legislative employment.

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