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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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• You're still trying to learn the EMR system on the afternoon of your sec- ond day at work. The fact that the IT guy himself can't get the system to rec- ognize your user ID is no consolation when the old guard nurses look down their noses at you and tsk-tsk, "She said she had OR experience." • You're called into the administrator's office after the first week and ordered to eat your lunch in the dining room with everyone else. The staff hasn't warmed up to you yet and this will help to build camaraderie, she says. • People keep taking your lunch out of the refrigerator to make room for theirs if it's not in a "designated lunch bag." No plastic grocery bags allowed. • The hospital's preference sheets don't actually tell you what the sur- geons prefer. When his little favorites aren't written down anywhere, and you don't find out what they are until he asks for them and you don't have them, suddenly it becomes your fault. Hopefully it's not too long before you learn what that sheet is: the schedule for the bus you're being thrown under. Fool me once, etc. • The charge nurse always assigns the traveler to the longest cases with the worst surgeons. You can use this to your advantage, though. These assignments build character (if you don't already have it), and requesting them makes you look badass. Also, fewer cases means fewer turnovers. What comes around … In my 12 years as a traveler, or shall I say, a rental nurse, it's mostly been great. I've met people whom I'm still friends with. I've gone places I never thought I'd see. I'll admit there have been assignments where I've counted down calendars with big X's — it's a terrible thing to wish your life away — but I survived those places, I don't have to work with those people again and I'm told karma keeps a detailed address book. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net. J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 2 3

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