Today I high-fived a patient’s driver because he knew exactly where to go once I walked him out towards the side of the hospital, which is an entirely different way they came in from this morning. HA!
I was just so excited because he wasn’t thrown off!
I literally celebrate the most minor things. Don’t knock it though. I’ve had drivers gone for a whole hour before they could actually find where our pick up area is located.
A funny encounter today.
I just got done transporting a patient and was waiting for an elevator.
The doors opened to a crowded elevator but it was enough for me to fit with my wheelchair.
I look up and I see a nurse that I’ve “worked” with in my service area. She tells me that she was there last Friday and she didn’t miss me at ALL. She then laughed and said it was CRAZY. Bless all the floating nurses that come in our area. They’ve entered a mad house.
It is one thing to have an outpatient facility, it is another when it is in a hospital setting and there are 4 different parking lots, 4 different hospitals around the area, and confusing hallways.
I know I’ve said this before but I am so lucky to volunteer in my area of the hospital. Not only do I see outpatients, I see inpatients as well!
My service area is short of nurses and so other nurses from other areas will come in/ float around to help. This helps me get to know and work with more people!
Like…today. Before I transported a patient, the recovery nurse gave report to the patient’s floor nurse. She told the other nurse that I was going to bring the patient up and when I went up the patient’s room, the nurse remembered my name and it was so pleasant.
Benefits of volunteering in a hospital for a long period.
I mean, one time I was done transporting a patient and got in the elevator. The gentleman that delivers supplies/papers/etc asked me if I was going back to the GI Lab. I said, YES! I asked him how he knew because I didn’t have a wheelchair(we have our dept name on the wheelchairs) and he told me he sees me coming out of there all the time… !!!
I am grateful. Truly.
I am going to slide in the Auxiliary office tomorrow and ask the manager for the website for job shadowing. One time I overheard someone say there was a website but when I went to look for it, I could not find it.
Fingers crossed she doesn’t get mad at me. I know a lot of people must call in and ask about it.
Hmm… On a side note, I haven’t see one of the nurses that would come in and help our area sometimes…She’s the charge nurse in the ER. If I see her I will definitely ask if she knows of any PAs that are willing to have me shadow them. I am writing this here just as a reminder to myself to have this on my mind at all times. When the moment calls for it, ASK. ASK. ASK. ASK.
I do appreciate the physician that allowed me to watch her do some procedures when I first started volunteering. She asked me if I wanted to stand in and watch. One of the clinician nurse even let me relieve my duties to let me see it. I remember the nurse saying, “I don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity.” The physician didn’t have time to explain what was happening and she apologized but I got the gist! (First time I stood in a procedure, there was a complication and it was amazing how calm every one in the room was at the time. Brava!)