This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.


width=They work long hours performing tasks many of us wouldn’t want to do. They are present during moments of tragedy and joy. And, when we need medical care, they are often the first and last people we see. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of nurses in hospitals, in battle, and at school. Click here to read their essays.

1950s Essay of the Week: Louis Miller

Louis Miller was passionate about his work as a hospital administrator, as he had an opportunity every day to make his hospital a warm and friendly environment where patient care was of utmost importance. Mr. Miller believed that doing good for others was not just a career path, but also a way of life. Click here to read his essay, as was originally written in the 1950s.

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