So I took to that most-scientific of platforms, Facebook, and designed a little poll. I asked people in my network to share their own stories about how nurses have affected their lives in a positive way.
I got a huge response, with people posting long and detailed messages about their own experiences with nurses. They used words like "angel" and "hero."
One friend recounted her weeks in the hospital after her daughter was born eight weeks premature. She said she entrusted nurses with the life of her daughter, Paige.
"Nurse Heather helped us "kangaroo" despite the tubes and wires," she told me. "Nurse Sue would keep the lights dark so Paige wouldn't be overstimulated. Nurse Jan would keep the iPod of lullabies playing. Nurse Linda helped Paige latch for the first time."
Another friend said she could "go on forever" about the nurses at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, where her son was treated for second-degree burns on both his hands.
"He was treated there for six months," she said. "The nurses at Shriners treated us like royalty! Most amazing people! Unmeasurable [sic] admiration for them, especially working with burn victims day in and out ...they left such an impression on me. Truly unsung heroes! I could never do what they do."