Our politicians think you sit around playing cards. Our medical system treats you like an expendable commodity. And some patients think it’s OK to treat you like a punching bag.

So it’s time we honored you for what you really are…heroes.

We couldn’t imagine a more fitting tribute for Nurses Week than this Billy Joel song, and our nurse Facebook Supporters contributed fantastic lyric ideas and all the real photos you see in this video. As always, we can’t do it without nurses!

And for the second year in a row we’d like to thank BoardVitals for making this video possible. They truly believe nurses are the heroes of healthcare, and they’re offering 25% off all nursing question banks using the promo code “zdogg” so check it out! 

  • To show their appreciation for nurses, the first 2,000 people who sign up here will get the cool sticker sheets shown on the tip jar in the music video AND anyone who signs up will automatically be entered into the raffle for those dope compression socks I was wearing in the video! There’ll be 500 sock winners!


Lyrics by ZDoggMD and The Facebook Supporter Tribe

Vocals by ZDoggMD (based on the Billy Joel’s masterpiece, Always a Woman To Me)

Music and Audio Production by Devin Moore

Directed by Tom Hinueber

Cinematography and Editing by Logan Stewart

Filmed at Son Studies in Las Vegas

Special thanks to the ZPac Supporter Tribe:

Lyrics: Carol Sanders-Sheehan, Kristin Schmuecker, Deb Pierce, Melissa Earley, John Mackenzie DNPc MAOL BSN RN

Photos: Jo Castro BSN, RN, CCRN — Debbie Danish — Cathy Pollock-Robinson, RN, MN, EHR Trainer, Portland, OR — Carolyn RN, BSN, MSN and Brandon CNA — Kristina Beeching — Angela Perrin, NP — Frank A, Flight Nurse — Linda Hodges, MSN, RN — Risa Dubois, RN — Nurse in white, Lisa Pfettscher, 1987 — Jamie Marston, RN and Susan Martin, RN — Kristin Licht RN  — Mary Mahn — Tamara Dotson, MCHS, PA-C — Tia Black, RN, BSN Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care — John Keichline RN — Kristal Oppert and son Jackson Oppert & Nurse Gail at CHoR CF Clinic (Gail was the first Nurse Jackson met at CF clinic when he was a newborn) & Nurse Kendra at VCU Health System (teaching Jackson how to scan his meds during an inpatient stay for a CF exacerbation) & Nurse Conner at VCU Health System (Conner is awesome and compassionate and he was one of our favorites this picture was taken the day of discharge)



She can cure with a smile, she can heal with her hands
And she can ruin your high with 0.2 of Narcan
And she only sips Snapple where JCAHO can’t see
She’s wise like a doc but she’s always a nurse to me
She can lead you to vax, she can calm you and teach you
She can ask for your med list but she’ll never believe you
And she’s got a side hustle loan interest ain’t free
Steal your pen like a thief but she’s always a nurse to me
No, she can’t care for herself, understaffing for months
She’s again overtime
Oh, and she never takes breaks and she never pees once
She just changes bed 9
And his patients want more than the Garden of Eden
And they still call him doc when he said he’s Nurse Stephen
Still he brings out the best a caregiver can be
Blame it all on yourself, a nurse ain’t always a woman, you see

Oh, they take care of you well, despite one nurse to nine,
Their license on the line
Oh, and she never gives out and he never calls in
They just coded bed 9
She is caring and kind when you’re suddenly cruel
He can smile and stay calm while you act like a tool
And unlike that Gwyneth, she’s earned her degree
And you love what you do although praises are few
Yet you’re always a hero to me