Ewbank grabs disinfectant wipes

June 7, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Joel Ewbank grabs disinfectant wipes while working with patients in his home in Columbia. Before working as a nurse, Ewbank was a mortician and embalmer in St. Louis. Ewbank said many people think his switch in careers is odd, but he sees similarities between being a nurse and a mortician. "They're both professions that deal with compassion and understanding," Ewbank said. "And both jobs, I've had people tell me … I could never do your job."

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