From hapless, high-strung relatives, to trauma decisions made in seconds to endless amounts of paperwork, these medical professionals are there when we need them most. From CNAs, LPNs, RNs, EMTs, NPs, PAs, Surgical Assistants, Home Care Professionals to Nurse educators, front desk medical staff and more, these caregivers are involved in virtually every aspect of medicine. From admission to recovery, they see it all. Their experiences are joyous, sad, heart-warming and strange — sometimes in a single day. Their work is life itself, from the newborn to the terminally ill and everything in between. Never celebrated yet always inspiring, this year we salute you!