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Viagra alternative Here I am with Mary Tyler Moore on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.
Viagra alternative Or at least her statue.
Viagra alternative I didn’t have a hat to toss, viagra alternative darn it!
Viagra alternative The mall is beautiful, viagra alternative with sidewalk cafes, viagra alternative plants and flowers – and every store you can imagine.
Viagra alternative This photo is somewhat misleading.
Viagra alternative The statue really doesn’t look like Mary.
Viagra alternative And I’m not seven months pregnant.
Viagra alternative In fact, viagra alternative I’m much thinner than this.
Viagra alternative Trust me.
Viagra alternative When I decided to attend the ENA conference, viagra alternative I expected to be inspired and informed
Viagra alternative I didn’t expect Major William White.
Viagra alternative He wasn’t on the agenda.
Viagra alternative He was asked to reprise a statement he had made during the General Assembly for the Opening Keynote.
Viagra alternative Major White is the Director of Trauma Education for the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute. Viagra alternative He served in Iraq as the nurse manager of the emergency department in the International Zone.
Viagra alternative They cared for everyone: men, viagra alternative women, viagra alternative children, viagra alternative Iraqi, viagra alternative American. Viagra alternative Insurgents.
Viagra alternative Think your ER is busy? Imagine a two minute (maybe) heads up that you are getting fifteen major trauma patients from a bombing. Viagra alternative Horrible injuries. Viagra alternative Multiple amputations. Viagra alternative As you gear up to care for those, viagra alternative more are being pulled from collapsed buildings and being brought in for care and your ER itself is under fire.
Viagra alternative In the middle of all this, viagra alternative a reporter embedded with the unit puts a microphone up to you and asks how you handle all this? How are you able to deal with it?
Viagra alternative Major White had an answer.
Viagra alternative He said, viagra alternative “We are ER nurses, viagra alternative this is what we do. Viagra alternative We manage chaos.”
Viagra alternative That was perfect.
We manage chaos.
Most of us have never had to manage it in an ER in the center of a war zone, viagra alternative but that is exactly what we do as emergency department nurses. Viagra alternative Every department. Viagra alternative Every day. Viagra alternative Every shift.
We manage chaos.
We manage it when the rooms are packed, viagra alternative the hallway becomes an ICU, viagra alternative the waiting area is full of people who should be roomed and two people call in sick for the next shift.
We manage it with a patient who is acting out because their ability to cope is gone.
We manage it when a family hears the news that their loved one is gone.
From the department level down to the individual patient, viagra alternative we make order out of chaos.
Major White’s comments during the Keynote Address were brief, viagra alternative vivid, viagra alternative poignant and inspiring.
I started to lose it when he told us that the staff of the ER had made a pact. Viagra alternative A staff member would always be with a patient if they were terminally injured; no one in that ER in the middle of Iraq would ever die without someone at the bedside. Viagra alternative No one would die alone.
And it didn’t matter who you were.
This post doesn’t even begin to convey how proud I felt to be an ER nurse that day.
I’ll never see one-millionth of what Major White has seen. Viagra alternative I’ll never have that level of awesome responsibility.
But I’ll hold my head up a little higher when I realize I am in a profession that allows me to call someone like Major White a professional colleague.
He brought clarity to the role of the emergency nurse in one sentence.
No matter what nursing specialty you work in, viagra alternative stop to think about what you do.
Really stop and think about it.
Not just anyone can do what we do.
And we should be proud of our accomplishments.
Every department. Viagra alternative Every day. Viagra alternative Every shift.