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Basics of Blocks - April 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 9 A P R I L 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Things That Make You Go Hmmm I don't stay in one OR for long, but I don't miss much while I'm there. I f you've been at your job for years, you've probably stopped notic- ing the little things about life in the OR that make you go Hmmm. After a while, it all blurs together, lost in the rut of the routine. But as a traveling nurse, every few months I'm assigned to a new OR, cir- culating, scrubbing and observing the delicious fun playing out in the background. My typical assignment lasts 13 weeks. Not much time, but long enough for me to notice. • Why are surgical staffers like that? I've often heard hospital employees remark that OR people just seem less friendly than those in other depart- ments. While we might appear robotic, methodical and in a hurry, we're not that cold. (Well, sometimes we need to wear 2 scrub jackets.) We're compas- sionate and care about our patients. (We just prefer them to be asleep, so we can get to work.) And if you want to see us express emotion, check back when a co-worker isn't pulling her weight, something electronic stops working or the surgeon is wearing his scrub pants like a plumber (crack alert in OR1!). OSE_1404_part3_Layout 1 4/4/14 2:43 PM Page 129

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