It happened again recently. I took care of a patient, homeless, with a substance abuse problem. She mentioned while I was starting her IV and we were conversing, that she was a nurse. That was after I asked her how her problem with pills started. She sounded legit from the terminology she used, but I checked the board of nursing sites for the two states she mentioned. It was true. She had a restricted license in the last state where she resided.
She seemed to be a broken person with a broken life. It's especially heartbreaking when it's one of our own.
I tried to give her VIP treatment and gave her a hug when she left. It felt to me as if she were a fallen soldier.