"Recently I admitted a patient whose circumstances were as undignified as I've ever encountered," writes JCN editor Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner. "He was a mess: unkempt, smelly, psychotic, obese, and in cardiopulmonary distress . . .
"After a stretch of challenging shifts, a question plagued me: How do I sustain excellence in this intense work of nursing?" writes Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner in her JCN editorial, "Sustaining Excellence."