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Running on Empty - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2019

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 5 T here are nurses, and then there are operating room nurses, those masked crusaders infused with a special blend of smarts, savvy and strength to stand up for patients and to stand up to surgeons. Surgical nurses are a breed apart. I can pick one out of a crowd. In case there were ever a doubt, here are sure signs you're an OR nurse. • There are 2 pens and a pair of bandage scissors in the pocket of whatever you're wearing. • There's a box of disposable gloves and masks in your car console, and an airway pocket face mask in the glove compartment. • You wear gloves to change your baby grand- daughter's diapers. You Purell even before you glove up and after you glove down. Then you have a panic attack while trying to resist doing a 3-minute scrub. • You think about turnover time when the cars in front of you don't move the instant the red light has turned green. "It doesn't get any greener!" • You gulp down food like it's your last meal, which is a strong possibility work- ing in the OR. • Your mind goes to thinking about who all sat before you with their soiled sweaty scrubs in the nice massage chair that admin- istration (bless their hearts) presented to your department. Where are those Clorox Wipes? You Might Be an OR Nurse If … Sure signs that you work in surgery. Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN

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