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Sleep Apnea - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - October 2018

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1 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 I n September, we celebrated Scrub Tech week. It's a nice way to thank scrubs for the won- derful job they do. Early shift got coffee and all sorts of warm delicate pastries. Late shift got a couple of left- over donuts on a napkin and coffee grounds. There wasn't even the usual swill we drink every morning in the cof- fee pot. Speaking of late shift … they stuck me with a shift that has no sense of belonging. I wasn't considered days and I wasn't considered evenings. I was a reliever. A stand-in. I came in and gave breaks: lunch breaks, afternoon breaks and then relief to go home. I was in every room and almost in every case every day. Of course, I finished up the day in the room with the slowest surgeon doing the longest case. I was becoming more of a curmudgeon than I already am. I was los- ing my sense of humor. I could freeze water with a single stare. Finally, I was given my beloved late shift back. What can I say? I like to come to work late and work late. I don't need to see the sun rising or setting. I'm confident it will do both on its own. • • • We all have our favorite cases we could do all day, every day and never tire of them. The surgeon says a certain word and you have what he needs on the field before he asks for it. Even with less-than- favorite surgeons, we'd still do our favorite cases. • • • I got to work last week to see that I'm assigned to do a robotics case. My gut went cold and I got tachycardic. Late Shift Things don't always go according to schedule. Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN

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