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Same-Day Joints - March 2013 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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OSE_1303_part3_Layout 1 3/8/13 11:12 AM Page 168 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ancillary staff who work evenings and overnights. They deserve far more recognition than is given to them. While day staffers expect things to be at their fingertips on demand, the other 2 shifts are lucky if the things they need are within screaming distance. Evening and night staff make the day shift's call easier, too. They stay on to finish cases instead of waking them up and summoning them in to count, dress wounds and take patients to recovery. If there's an "OR Nurses' Week" and "Surgical Technologists' Week" and so on, why can't there be a week to honor the staffers who are on duty when most of the rest of us aren't? Whenever I get through a difficult situation, I ask myself what I learned from it. After a month on the evening shift at a large, traumadesignated hospital, I've learned this: If I were given the option again, I'd still choose this shift over the others. Somehow I feel like I fit in with this unique group. And while I didn't aspire to become a better, stronger nurse when I began this assignment, I'd like to think that being part of this facility for even a short time might just deliver that. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net. 1 6 8 O U T PAT 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 | M A R C H 2013

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