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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - May 2019

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1 1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 I f you're thinking of get- ting a Real ID or an enhanced ID when you renew your driver's license, you'll want to make your stay at the DMV as pleasant — and as short — as possible. Yeah, right. Give yourself plenty of time. Like, take a half-day of PTO just to be safe. Pack your patience, a snack and a Trapper Keeper to hold all the documents you'll need to prove that you are who you say you are: passport, birth certificate, photo work ID, Social Security card, utility bill or phone bill, paycheck stub, W-2 form and the badges from the last 3 surgical conferences you attended. We're kidding about the badges, but you get the picture. And if your name isn't exactly the same on all the pieces of required documenta- tion — if you've been divorced and remarried and your name has changed, or if your middle name or initial appears on some but not all of your documents — you'll need a government-issued document that you probably don't have as proof of your full legal name. After standing in line for hours on back-to-back days, I finally got my enhanced license. On my drive home, I made a list of 6 things we sometimes endure in surgery that can make an afternoon (or 2) at the DMV feel like a day at the spa. • Staff meetings. Sometimes they go on and on about what we're doing wrong and what we're going to change. These marathon meet- I'd Rather Go to the DMV Ever have a day when renewing your license beats working in the OR? Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN • DRIVEN It took some doing, but Paula Watkins, RN, is the proud holder of an enhanced license.

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