Curry is a nurse historian.
I think the most important thing ever that I did for my patients -- there were so many for whom coming into our office was the only place in the world where they could be wholly who they were.
I would tell my students: When that happens, you're on sacred ground. Because when someone knows they can come sit in your office, or come into the exam room, and they don't have to have all that work of negative entropy, I call it -- of asking, "Who's here, who do I have to be cautious with?" -- learn to watch the body relax, the breathing to ease a bit, and be mindful of how sacred that is that you can be there to provide that space.
That is a level of caring that has nothing to do with prescriptions or treatments or side effects. But that's the important thing we can do. And we did that a lot. In fact, my patients came to call my office the "comfort space." I had it decorated -- the walls with quilts and low light -- and it was really intentional. The patients would love to come there to sit in my rocking chair.
It's therapeutic. It's caring at its essence. I put in many 16- and 18-hour days, but I would walk down the hill at night; I could look to the stars and say: Thank you for that privilege.