Taking Pride in Boston’s Heroes

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After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, two registered nurses—both ANA members and native Bostonians—share their reactions in The American Nurse. Read an editorial by ANA President Karen A. Daley and a firsthand account from MARN member Annie Lewis-O’Connor in these articles.

Everyday Heroes
By Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ten days after the bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the city is returning to a semblance of normalcy. Across the country and around the world, attention was focused for five days on the bombings, the carnage they caused and the massive manhunt for the perpetrators that followed. These events, and how Bostonians responded to them, touched me on a personal level.

Read more in The American Nurse online.

Boston: Standing Strong and Proud
By Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH
I am a born and raised Bostonian and couldn’t be prouder of my beloved city. Yes—we Bostonians are known for saying “watah” (water) and “pahk” (park) and “cah” (car). We have lots of iconic events—among them the Boston Marathon, which began in 1897! For us, April 15, 2013, the 116th Boston Marathon, will forever be a day of permanent memories—mostly shock and disbelief, but also full of pride. I have probably attended 20 Boston Marathons in my life, loving each and every one. This year I planned to go into work and then meet some of my nurse practitioner friends who were volunteering in the medical tent at 4pm near the finish line.

Read more in The American Nurse online.