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Caring for Patients with Sickle Cell is a Team Effort

I will never forget the first time I cared for a patient with sickle cell. In morning report, I was told by the night nurse that my patient had slept well and her mom just left for work. A few minutes later, when I rounded on her, I found a tiny little soul writhing in pain, alone, crying for help with tears streaming down her cheeks. For a moment, I thought I had walked into the wrong room, but I quickly realized it was up to me to help this child. That day was a crash course in learning how to manage sickle cell pain. It also taught me that as a nurse, I have real power to make a difference.

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