What I’ve learned from Beth Anne about being a nurse is how vital it is to spend time one-on-one with your patients every time you work with them. This not only allows you to gather information from them, but it enables you to build a therapeutic relationship, which is crucial in psychiatric nursing. There are times, usually on first meeting, when patients – and staff, for that matter – think of McDaniels is tough or demanding. Almost always, over time, that perception changes as others realize that McDaniels may be inflexible in maintaining high standards, but she is accessible and kind as a nurse and co-worker. Sometimes patients who at first refuse to speak with her end their hospital stay with nothing but positive things to say about her; she has become their ‘favorite nurse’.