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No Time to Fear: New Nurse Assists Patients Following Joplin Tornado

Matthew, ; Ericksen, Crystal; Painter, as told to Sandy

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318239767e

A new nurse is interviewed after working with patients following the May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri, tornado.

A multiple vortex tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011. How did a recent graduate overcome fear to focus on the victims?

Crystal Ericksen, BSN, RN, is a cardiology nurse at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Missouri.

Matthew Ericksen, MD, is a first-year resident physician at Freeman Hospital West.

Sandy Painter is an account supervisor at The Lavidge Company in Phoenix, Arizona, and she is a public relationship consultant with Grand Canyon University and wrote the article as promotion for the school.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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