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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 S oon after I started my career in the OR 38 (!) years ago, the first Universal Law of OR Nursing grabbed me by my scrub jacket and shook me into a higher state of consciousness. You see, like many freshly minted surgical nurses, I had visions of dashing into those hallowed halls and saving lives, just me, myself and I. It only took a few sobering shifts in the OR to pfft perforate my overin- flated ego and show me that it takes a team working together to put patients back together again. Since the Law of Teamwork slapped me upside my bouffant, I've observed 8 more Universal Laws of OR Nursing. The Law of Foreign Bodies. For shrapnel, you usually hear, "I was minding my own business and some dude shot me." Mr. Some Dude apparently has a nasty disposition and gets around. For a for- eign body in a southern orifice: "I just sat down not watching where I was landing, and I sat on something." 1 8 Universal Laws of OR Nursing Unchanging principles that make surgery go 'round. Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN • BLAME IT ON FIDO A run- away dog likely caused the elderly patient's broken leg.

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