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Remembering the Mission of Nurses

March 03, 1994

I have been an R.N. at St. John's for over 28 years, and must respond to your article ("Operating Anew," Feb. 24) by saying that I was totally embarrassed by the nurse who remarked, "Why the hell would they hire me with 10 years' experience and five weeks of vacation a year over someone at entry-level pay?"

I shall reapply for my former position to carry on the shared responsibility of mission (and) ministry which I have been so proud of, but, frankly, I hope someone who would respond in such a rough, unprofessional manner would not be rehired . (It's) simply not the image we want to portray to our community.

Joan Thrun

Santa Monica

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