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ORX Awards and the Winners Are ... - September 2014 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 1 7 0 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 | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 leaving a sticky note for the materials manager, right? Orchids to having a little bit of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which helps me keep up with the surgeon who does his cases the exact same way every time. Onions to the surgeon who never does any case the same way, except for the part where he yells at his staff, "I always do it this way! Why can't you people get it together?" Onions to those days when you've gathered everything you need for your entire slate of cases, then changes to the schedule send you to a room where the circulator hasn't pulled or arranged anything even for the next hour. Orchids when you can get your hands on one of those duckbill- style surgical masks when scrubbing in for a case. They don't feel as suffocating during "forever-and-a-day" cases, plus you can draw a smile on them with a marker to look friendly while you're actually snarling. This works wonders with local anesthesia and MAC patients, when you have to keep talking with them throughout surgery. (I'll admit it: I'm not always Glinda the Good Nurse, spreading glitter wherever I go. Sometimes I like dealing with patients better when they're unconscious.) Onions to overly expensive (and hideously ugly) OR shoes that do a torture job on your feet, legs, knees and back, as well as to everyone who says they feel like heaven and make a big difference when you're standing around all day. Orchids to the moment you're offered the ideal position at another hospital, you put in your notice and you hear your co-workers are planning a going-away party. Onions when you're scheduled to work late on your last day and find out that the party they're throwing is on the Monday after you're gone. Onions to the little irritations on the job, like the surgeon who told me to adjust the light, then criticized each move because I didn't posi-

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