Irene Stemler is a registered nurse and has over 25 years of health care experience in nursing management, education, advocacy and consulting. She has also been collecting well worn nursing shoes and the stories behind them in response to this country’s impending nursing shortage. Irene is the author of Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America’s Nurses Tell Their Stories. This book gives voice to the millions of nurses who are providing compassionate care in the face of unprecedented challenges to our health care system. Irene had been working on nurse recruitment strategies for the federal government and is now back in a clinical role as a Polytrauma Clinical Nurse Educator for the VA, where she works with combat veterans returning home with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD.