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Nurse evacuating patients loses home to wildfire

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Julayne Smithson, who recently moved to Santa Rosa, CA, from Indiana, lost her home to the wildfires raging in the state while working an overnight shift in the ICU at the Kaiser Permanente hospital. A colleague watched her patient while she ran home to try to save a few things. “I knew I didn’t have much time,” she says. “So I ran inside and I thought, ‘I have to get my nursing documents, because if I’m going to lose everything I own, I have to be able to work, to care for patients.'” Read the rest of the story here.

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