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Setting a good example

I enjoyed “Educating and Leading by Example” (Nurse to Know, November), especially because live kidney donation has not been getting the attention it deserves. I know, because I chose to donate a kidney to my cousin some 13 years ago. This has been the greatest gift I have ever received (aside from my own two beautiful children): seeing my recipient living life and doing so well. Like Maureen O’Connor, I had the opportunity to be on the other side of nursing care and could let my nurses know that their wonderful care had not gone unnoticed. Living today with only one kidney, I am healthier than I ever was. Kudos to you for bringing her example forward! By the way, I love the “Live Life. Pass It On” on her T-shirt!

– Wanda Hall, RN
Calgary, Alta.

Wow! What else can I say? Many of my colleagues and I have tried our best to educate and lead by example. As I reflect on my nearly 40 years in nursing, I would like to think that I have been somewhat successful. But you have realized that goal at a whole new level, Maureen. I had tears in my eyes as I read your story. You gave of yourself, in the truest sense, to bring healing to another.

– Marie Clarke, RN, NP
Northern Arm, N.L.

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