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Behind Closed Doors: You Might Be an OR Nurse If
Sure signs that you work in surgery.
Paula Watkins
Publish Date: August 11, 2019   |  Tags:   Opinion

There are nurses, and then there are operating room nurses, those masked crusaders infused with a special blend of smarts, savvy and strength to stand up for patients and to stand up to surgeons. Surgical nurses are a breed apart. I can pick one out of a crowd. In case there were ever a doubt, here are sure signs you’re an OR nurse.

  • There are 2 pens and a pair of bandage scissors in the pocket of whatever you’re wearing.
  • There’s a box of disposable gloves and masks in your car console, and an airway pocket face mask in the glove compartment.
  • You wear gloves to change your baby granddaughter’s diapers. You Purell even before you glove up and after you glove down. Then you have a panic attack while trying to resist doing a 3-minute scrub.
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