So I just read today about a nurse at Dean Health Systems in Madison, WI being fired in the middle of surgery. This story is making the rounds on the internet and blogosphere and many people outside the medical field are freaking out. As a former operating room nurse let me explain: During most surgical procedures the operating room will have two nurses. A scrub nurse who is there to pass sterile instruments to the surgeon and also can provide assistance in the actual procedures. There is also a circulator nurse who, unlike the scrub, is not wearing a sterile gown and glove, and she is responsible for paperwork and bringing in any additional supplies needed during the case such as suture or other instruments. During an operation it is routine for a nurse’s break time or lunch to come up and they will get switched out by another nurse so they can get their lunch or break.
I’ll bet this nurse that got fired had that happened during her break or lunch. Unlike what a lot of people on the internet are saying, I’m sure she wasn’t dragged out of the room and fired leaving the patient and surgeon without adequate staffing.
Now, I’m not saying it’s not harsh to be fired on your break or in the middle of the day. That is not fun and I’m sorry for the nurse that had that happen to them. We once had an operating nurse fired during her break while she was in between cases. Ouch.
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The kindest cut? Getting fired in the middle of surgery.
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