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When I am done I will be able to say:
I stood my post.

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My post is in the ER.
Next to my patients and their families.
Next to my colleagues.

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I have stood this post through good and bad.
Happy and sad.
On beautiful afternoons when my family is out playing
And at night when they are asleep safe in bed.

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I do not always share with them what I see.
Some is too horrible to say out loud.
Some is only funny to those like me.

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There are times when I think I will soon be done.
That I will not be able to take one more sad thing.
That I will have given away as much of my soul as I can spare.
That I will no longer toil so close to sadness and tragedy.

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But that time is in the future.
For now the pride in my work,
the vitality of my colleagues,
and the difference I make every day is enough.

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All that good far outweighs the sad.

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So for now you know where to find me:
In the ER.
Next to my patients.
Next to my friends.

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Standing my post.

SJRMC CRITICAL CARE BUILDING

Dedicated to my friends and colleagues in our Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.

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