They are advocates, critical thinkers, counselors and much more.
Which is why across the United States, National Nurses Week is recognized to focus on the nursing profession and their contributions to healthcare.
Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare each hosted a luncheon with an award ceremony.
Dan Grimm became a nurse five years ago, but has been in the medical field since 2003.
Grimm's colleagues nominated him for the Outstanding Nurse award for his exceptional work ethic.
"When I was younger, I also thought about nursing, but I've gone the firefighter route and I've been doing that for 10 years," said Grimm. "After turning 28 years old, I wanted to see what the other side was and became a registered nurse."
With 12 years of nursing experience, Brooke Forsythe credits her brother for getting her into the medical field.
Her colleagues nominated her for the Daisy award for her unique style of caring.
"I still see some of my peers I went to school with here," said Forsythe. "It just means so much with what I've learned through life and with patients I take care of and they've just taught me what I am today."
Both Grimm and Forsythe said working with patients and providing for them is the most rewarding part of the job.
"Once we understand what they need and what they want and we get everything figured out; and once I get to see them get up and leave and they're doing much better than when they came in, makes me feel really good about it," adds Grimm.
"Taking care of the patients and being there when they're vulnerable," adds Forsythe. "Just being their support system and also the people I work with at St. V's, I have a really small family and so they've become my family."
According to the American Nurses Association, National Nurses week became a week long celebration in 1990.