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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 6 9 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T management classes. We have your best interests in mind. The repeated stress of sur- gery could cause you some real harm eventually. You could have a heart attack right in the OR! (And when you fall to the floor, we'll stare in awe for a moment before coding you.) Or maybe, because of your rage, one of your nurses could be shaking in fear so much that she accidentally hits you in the head with the light. • Tears of a team member. A warning: There's no crying in the OR. Cry in this arena and the lions will eat you alive. If you can't take the heat, then get away from the cautery. However, if you do one day happen to break down in tears, it's highly likely that you'll extract tears from someone else in return one day. Go figure. I feel really bad if I'm the one responsible for making a co-worker cry. But that time a rhymes- with-witch of a general surgeon lost it on my account, I felt … well … vindicated, for an ancient incident in which a surgeon stomped all over this one-time-brand-new nurse. That was definitely worth a visit to the administrator's office for a good talking-to. • Staffing the no-help desk. Did I ever tell you about my dream job? It's materials management. I think it would great to finish up my nursing career being in charge of the supplies instead of running for them. I'd spend my days counting packages and putting stickers on them, ordering supplies and then telling you they're back-ordered. I think the best part would be hiding the things you're looking for in places only I know where to look for them, so you have to depend on me to find them. It'll be like a scavenger hunt every day for you! We would have so much fun. Then I could spend the rest of the day trying to figure out the mysteries of surgical behavior. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net. You can read her past columns at osmag.net/vKB5pU.

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