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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2019

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J U L Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 5 You played 5 seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. What led you to pursue a career in anesthe- sia when your playing days ended? I graduated with a master of science in nursing from Alcorn State University and entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie. N-F-L stands for "Not For Long," so I always believed in setting myself up for life after football. I was leaning toward entering emergency medicine until my third year in medical school, when I worked alongside an anesthe- siologist and observed what really goes on in the OR. It felt like home. Why did you decide to study nursing in college? My intent was to gain real-world clinical experience, which would help me get into medical school. Working as a critical care nurse during football offseasons allowed me to see how different members of the medical team work together. Nursing gave me incredible opportunities to learn about anatomy, pharmacology, clinical medicine and how to communicate effectively with patients. That background has proved invaluable. How did your NFL career prepare you for medical school? Many people are unaware of how much preparation and studying goes into playing football. On the first day of training camp, you receive a play- etired Wide Receiver Catching On in the OR R Nate Hughes, MD Former NFLer and future anesthesiologist

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