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Another Tough Job

Doc Smitty celebrates nurses

Mother's Day is this weekend (Dad/Daughter/Son, put down the phone/tablet/laptop and run to get a card or something).

This video about the #WorldsToughestJob went viral last week.  If you haven't watched it yet, please do, it is worth your time.

In thinking about this video, I thought of #AnotherToughJob that I thought I would write a job description for:

  • Able to deal with people when they are at the end of their stress level, operating on very little sleep and have been waiting to see you or talk with you for hours.
  • Able to deal with a boss who has a strong personality and convince them to complete tasks (i.e. filling out forms) when they would rather be doing something else (i.e. playing golf).
  • Able to let said boss take all the credit when something goes right but force you to be the bad guy day after day.
  • Able to deal with very messy situations - no exemption from poop, pee or puke exposure.
  • Able to skip lunch or go without a potty break for hours should "special circumstances" arise (like most days).
  • Able to deal with very sad situations and be a person of support even when you feel very sad yourself.

It's not all bad though...

Perks include:

  • Dealing with the coolest people in the world-our patients and their parents.
  • Watching a child grow to be a young adult (and eventually a parent themselves).
  • Watching children who are sick return to health.
  • Working with other great people who love children as much as you do.

So, say a special "Thank You" to all of our amazing nurses at Cook Children's.  

From our primary care offices to inpatient to specialty to home health, we have some of the best nurses in the country!

Leave comments for your favorite nurses and we'll pass the message along!

Get to know Justin Smith, M.D.

Justin Smith, M.D., is a pediatrician in Trophy Club  and the Medical Advisor for Digital Health for Cook Children's in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Smith is an experienced keynote speaker for a variety of topics including pediatric/parenting topics, healthcare social media and physician leadership. If you are interested in having Dr. Smith present to your conference or meeting, please contact him at

He has an active community on both Facebook and Twitter as @TheDocSmitty and writes weekly for Cook Children's He believes that strategic use of social media and technology by pediatricians to connect with families can deepen their relationship and provide a new level of convenience for both of their busy lifestyles. Dr. Smith’s innovative pediatric clinic, a pediatric clinic “designed by you,” open now. Click to learn more. To make an appointment, call 817-347-8100.


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Maribeth Steinruck
I don't know any of the nurses by name who treat my grandson, Jude Steinruck, but ALL of the staff at Cook's have been outstanding! His treatment is still on-going for a little less than 2 years and we are so glad we have all of you at Cook's to take us through it. Bless each one if you and the work you do.