Speaking to an association of nurses, with much experience around the table, I was impressed with their compassion for their patients. Some were already retired; others were looking for work, and some in the middle of their careers. One told about doing missionary work.
It occured to me that there are people with both the clinical skills and the open hearts to care for those who need healing and comfort on their worst days. I am grateful to be able to interact daily with these people, and the energy and teamwork generated in the chaos of illness and trauma. The technology is essential, but does not and cannot take the place of human touch and family assurance that comes from fellow strugglers.
If I say this every day, it will not be enough. Healthcare professionals are humans who makes mistakes, but those mistakes seem larger because of the possibilities of the outcomes. They work to be better constantly and meet the challenges with amazing grace.