On an Oncology/Neurology unit, the students had an opportunity to care for a patient on comfort care only. The charge nurse said “that’s pointless,” and underhandedly suggested a “good” patient in room x, (which I later discovered was the unit’s perceived “annoying patient”). Thank you, Charge nurse for trying to haze my students, and palm off a challenge - my students aren’t easily fooled, and recognized it’s just far wiser to be kind than argue. Gratitude, for a group of nursing students who not only took on the “difficult” patient, (they had overheard the charge nurse and asked if they could help the other nurses out by taking her for a day), they prioritized end of life care with the hospice patient - even though I know it frightened them, and they displayed a profound sense of empathy, patience, courage, and cohesive teamwork. With respect of the difficult day that this was to their fellow New Yorkers, they led a very small memorial prayer circle in the waiting room for family members and unit nurses, and they just listened as some of them talked about what they experienced during 9/11, one of them singing hymns quietly in the background. I cannot even articulate how this simple gesture, and their kindness to their patients touched me. This is the future of nursing.