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Hello! I am thrilled to be docking here at WritersHarbor. You see, we are building a sailboat in the garage and all sailors need a safe harbor! (The picture above is of my trimming the paint around the transom of our sailboat-in-progress.) I am a wife,mother,Parrot-head,cook,nurse and writer. As much as I love all that I do, I find I am most content when I am writing. That contentment flows over into all else. Here's to smooth seas and a warm southern breeze!
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"What is it that you do?"

I have been a Recovery nurse for nine years. (Nine frickin' years!) I never intended to be a Recovery Room nurse (of course I never really intended to be a nurse so…) I did my two year mandatory sentence on various med-surg floors then at the first opportunity I finagled my way into the OR. On occasion - read that when on call after hours - we circulators had to recover our patients. This was in a very tiny hospital, I was pretty young, and frankly, there were many other things I would rather be doing at 2AM than watching people sleep only to wake them up and give them drugs so they would go back to sleep.
As my family life changed I moved on from an on-call position and landed in the ER. Nights. I loved the ER. I never wanted to leave. Until the night when someone swapped us a half bottle of Jack Daniels for a vaginal speculum (used). The thought of someone wandering South Broadway performing drive-by PAP smears was too much. I began looking for a new position in a less 'urban' environment. And that is how I wound up in Recovery.
But this time, I was more mature, well voiced in medications, emergencies and medical students and I discovered that I actually enjoyed the job. The pace was good, the patients were interesting, for the most part devoid of lice and well, there are very few nursing jobs that offer hours more along the Monday through Friday range.

Of course, I am a nurse and we aren't anything if not restless and so four years ago (this coming October) I made the move back to an urban setting. I now work in surgical recovery at a large (huge) teaching hospital.I know it sounds suck-uppy but I really do like working Recovery here. Just when you think you have seen it all, our doctors manage to figure out something new to do to our patients - and they do well! Our hours are pretty good, really - we rarely have to cover call. And, our staff is the best. Just sit back and watch a patient roll into Bay 24. That patient will be swarmed on like teenagers on a Pepperoni Pizza (free). We collectively have experience in every field of nursing and no one is stingy about sharing their knowledge - in a good way!

So, when someone removed from Surgical Recovery asks just what it is that I do I just smile and say: Why not come to the Recovery Room and Sleep with Us!

(This was the humorous version of an essay I wrote for Peri-Operative Nurses Week 2011  Having a little trouble with the formatting. Sorry!)

Blue skies...nuthin' but...

Welcome, Laura.
You're a word smith. You use all the nice verbs I like but hesitate to apply.
Like frickin' "finagling".  You don't have Irish roots, do you?

I'm no stranger to casualty and E.R., via diverse experiences in various fields of endeavor, ranging from the Sheriff's Office to flying EMS, not to mention crashing off a couple of motorcycles, (oh, and landing under half a parachute) and it never fails to impress me the way the really efficient nurses are damn good at the job they do. I'll even forgive the one who jammed a syringe up my what's it when I wasn't looking.

Let me know if you need any help with the formatting...


Don't think about making Art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more Art
Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 21:29:24

Adelene Tan

Hi Laura,

It's always encouraging to read about the passion a fellow nurse has for her job.  It's contagious and uplifting, and you have definitely expressed it very well in this piece.  I really liked how you ended your story. It put a smile on my face.

Thank you for the kind comment you left on my piece "A Reflection On What I Do For A Living".  I'm glad to know you liked itSmile

I like all things quiet and gentle.
Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 04:12:34

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