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Page 115 CUTTING REMARKS my nursing colleagues are enduring regarding documentation. I recognize that EMR is necessary for compliance, data acquisition and exchange and yes, for the ultimate well-being of our patients. As an old-school surgeon, however, I'm concerned that anything that takes away from the time nurses and docs spend with patients will undermine the sacred patient–healthcare practitioner relationship. Dr. Kelly (johndak4@gmail.com) is an orthopedic surgeon/ sports-shoulder specialist who practices in Philadelphia, Pa. A REAL PRO Praise of Vernice Vernice Perry, RN, MSN, CNOR, a perioperative nurse in orthopedic surgery for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, embodies all that is good and noble about the nursing profession. She demonstrates absolute commitment to the safety and well-being of patients. She possesses a rare trifecta: integrity, superior intelligence and gentleness of heart. Vernice brings her knowledge and more than 40 years of nursing experience to every patient who's blessed to encounter her. Always by the book, Ms. Perry has rescued me from non-compliInant behavior on several occasions. They should film her legendary surgical timeout for compliance courses. Vernice credits her proficiency (and everything else in her life) to God. She has dedicated her life to the principles of Christianity. Vernice actively mentors younger employees and does what ever she can to ensure that they follow the straight and narrow path. When I notice Vernice in my OR room, I know I can ditch the Maalox. But I live in fear of the day she retires. — John D. Kelly IV, MD

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