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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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was trying to navigate was carrying 350 pounds and was not going to squeeze by. • Petite-sized scrubs. For years, we fought tooth and nail to find M and L scrubs (even resorting to the XLs found only in the doctor's lounge). Now, because of, ahem, lifestyle changes, many older nurses are more comfortable in XL, XXL and XXXL scrubs. Now with the invasion of the stick-figure-thin newbies, we have a cabinet full of S and XS — and still not enough M and L. The youngsters complain of being cold. Eat something. Put some meat on those bones. • They type faster than I talk. Clacking away at the keyboard like a courtroom stenographer, the youngsters can finish the whole OR record by the time a myringotomy is done. That's fine. I bet I could have completed an OR record on paper before she could. We're all in this together Yes, I know I sound like a curmudgeon. But don't let my gruff exterior deceive you. I was once in your clogs, giggling at things my older peers thought were inappropriate. I might look at you with disapproval, but I'm smiling when I walk away. And I might disapprove of your taste in music, but I sometimes bob my head when you aren't watching. I'll watch over you. I'll have your back if something wasn't your fault (like the Otis elevator). I won't let you be treated the way my older peers treated me. I'll get between you and an abusive member of the surgical team. When you reach my age and you're working with a fresh-faced nurse, I hope you'll support them and help them grow. Now please turn down that questionable music. My ears are about to start bleeding. OSM Write Paula at pwatkins12@comcast.net. J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 3

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