Sarah Kliff, writing for Vox:
The next time you have the chance, say thank you to a nurse. He or she near certainly deserves it. In the American health care system (any health system, really) it's nurses who are on the front lines. We are seeing that right now in the Ebola outbreak. From Liberia to the United States, the brunt of the disease has fallen hardest on nurses. [...] It's not especially hard to understand why: nurses provide much of the world's hands on care. They're the ones who are checking in with patients, taking their temperature, administering medications and delivering lots of the hands-on care that makes the health care system works. This isn't to undercut the important work that doctors do, everyday, helping to save lives and deliver medicine. But it is to draw attention to the fact that nurses are doing equally important work, also everyday, for less recognition and lower pay. My little sister is an RN, so this piece is especially poignant to me.