For the past five years, I have been a Registered Nurse. All of those years have been in the exciting yet sometimes chaotic operating room. I started out my OR career in one of the thriving hospitals in the world renowned medical center in downtown Houston. After hours of surgery and countless stories to tell (I’ll get to that later), I decided to leave my staff position and venture out into the travel nursing world. For the past two years, I have been “free agent” so to speak calling the shots on where I go, when I work, and even compensation. The travel nurse world is not without thorns, but I can say that this experience is definitely something that each day I learn something more about myself and this world.
What the meaning behind the moniker “Lady lancet” ?
The old adage “The pen is mightier than the sword” penned by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, remains one of the quotes that encourages humanity to use our words rather than direct violence. On the contrary, most surgeries start with an incision using a surgical blade or a miniature version of a sword. I find it ironic that it in order to heal in most cases, it first takes a surgical blade to pierce through the protective barrier of the skin in order to expose pathologies that need to be fixed. Whether it is small nick for a laparoscopic trocar, or a long midline incision for an exploratory laparotomy, most patients will need to be cut for surgery. A lancet is a specific blade that is double edged and very sharp at the point. The goal I hope to bring out of this blog is to shine a light on both the good and the bad sides of my journey while exposing the metaphorical misconceptions about the nursing practice…
Before this blog, I am first a nurse. I respect and value the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws. Therefore, any names or hospitals have been altered or omitted from any entries in order to respect the privacy that my patients and other healthcare providers entrust in me on a daily basis.