In Tribute to Nurses...A Different Kind of Hero

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"A Different Kind of Hero" is a pencil sketch printed in the September 2008 issue of The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) by Jennifer Loschen, currently a sophomore at Redmond High School in Redmond, WA.

She was 11 years old when she underwent an emergency appendectomy at a local hospital, Group Health Cooperative, in October 2004. About a month later she drew this picture, which takes its title from the theme of the 2004–2005 Emily Dickinson Elementary Parent–Teacher–Student Association’s Reflections contest.

This drawing was awarded an Honorable Mention. Jennifer writes, “In the drawing I tried to put emphasis on the nurse and not so much on myself, to signify how she was able to cure me while I was helpless. The monsters represent the sickness and pain I felt . . . I thank the nurses and doctors who took care of me with such patience and kindness.”