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Peter DeRose credits his Italian heritage for his desire to make people feel welcome and comfortable in his "home," Sparrow. "The Patients, these people are my family and are guests in my house," he says.

DeRose says he focuses on the little things in relating to Patients, sitting at eye level with them and making sure to set aside time for them without being rushed.

At home, he posts all the thank-you notes he's received from Patients and their families on a tile on his wall. "I never thought it would make me feel so good to be a Nurse."