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My Adventure in the OR as a Unit Secretary (Video)

In the above video, I'll share with you my adventure in the OR supply room, a place that I had never been to, but the two surgeons were depending on me.

In the ICU, the Neurosurgeon decided that he needed to do a bedside procedure on the patient. He had a General/Vascular Surgeon in the room with him. They realized that they needed a piece of equipment and it was located in the main Operating Room's supply closet.  

It was a Sunday afternoon and the main OR was running on a skeleton crew, and so was the ICU. There was only one person who could leave the unit to go get the part.


But I had never been down in the main OR, let alone to the supply room, but there I was gowning up and taking the special elevator down. 

I could hear people talking as they were performing surgery. 

I found the supply room and walked on in. I knew the name of what I was looking for, but after what seemed like forever I couldn't find it.   

I took the elevator back up to the ICU and placed a housecall to an OR Tech that I know, who had worked down in the main OR when times were slow in the other OR.  She knew where the equipment was located and was willing to talk me to it. 

So, I grabbed a portable hospital telephone, gowned up again, and took the special elevator back down to the OR. 

Even though the reception was fuzzy, she talked me to the piece of equipment needed. I grabbed two different sizes and up the elevator, I went. 

I took it into the patient's room where everyone was waiting. That's when General/Vascular Surgeon realized they needed something else from the supply room!

But this time he decided to go with me because he knew exactly what it was called and what it looked like. 

So together, the two of us gowned up and rode the elevator down to the OR. It did take us a minute to find it, but we did.

All in total, I spent about an hour from the first time I went down to when I was finally able to sit back down and answer the ringing telephone. 

Stories That'll Make Your Spine Tingle (Video)

In this video, I share two stories that happened at the hospital.

If you have a story that can top these, put it in the comment section below.


Calling the Funeral Home When a Patient Dies (Video)

When a patient dies their body is usually cleaned, placed in a bag and taken down to the morgue.

Usually the family calls the funeral home and makes arrangement for the pickup of their deceased loved one.

But there may be times when the family is too distraught to place that call, and either the charge nurse, the nurse or you will place that call.

When you call the funeral home, they will ask you certain questions:
  • Is the Release of Body form complete?
  • The deceased name (and gender)
  • The Next of Kin name (and their telephone number)
  • Is the body ready for pickup (has postmortem care been completed)?
  • Where to pick up the body (morgue and in the room)?

More questions may be asked, but these are the ones you can count on.


Should I Take the Flu Shot as a Unit Secretary? (Video)

Should you take the flu shot as a Unit Secretary? It is ultimately up to you, but you must be prepared for the consequences if you do not.

If the hospital that you work at requires it and you refuse to take the shot, then you might be out of a job (some places may require you to wear a mask while you’re in the hospital).

If you have religious or health objections you may be able to get around it, but it’s all strictly a case by case situation.

So, decide long and hard what you want to do.


Organ Donation and the Unit Secretary (Video)

Although I never actually saw the organ donation process happen (the removal of organs), I was an eyewitness to the events leading up to it. 

Watch the video above and hear what I saw. 


When a Patient Is Airlifted to a Hospital (Video)

There are many reasons why a patient would be airlifted to a hospital. If it’s a trauma hospital this may be a daily occurrence that you would see.

But sometimes a patient is airlifted to a facility that can perform a lifesaving procedure that the former one cannot do.

In the video above, I give some examples of my experiences with this as a Unit Secretary.

Service/Therapy Animals and the Unit Secretary (Video)

One thing you may encounter as a Unit Secretary is Service/Therapy animals.

With the rise of Service/Therapy animals come rules and regulations. Your hospital should have an updated policy in the Employee Handbook.

Read it and watch the video as I share my many stories of Service/Therapy animals.

Why Does Gossip Exist In The Workplace? (Video)

Why is there gossip in the workplace? This is something that Dave Ramsey hates, but there are 4 reasons, in my opinion, as to why it exists.

No Transparency. The communication between management and staff is little to nonexistent. The only way the employees learn about what’s going on in the company, good or bad, is through the employees whispering to each other.

Favoritism. The employees see that certain coworkers are always in the boss’s office (or behind) and they get away with doing no work, coming in late or calling off excessively and there are no consequences. This upsets those who see it and while in the breakroom eating lunch, they gripe about it with each other.

Suggestions are Ignored. In meetings, when employees are asked for their input regarding certain issues, it is disregarded. Why did you ask then?

Not Enough Work. If there is not a lot of work for the employees to do, they turn around in their chairs and talk to their neighbors. And what are the topics of discussion?

How there’s no transparency, favoritism and how suggestions are ignored.


What To Do During a Code Blue as a Unit Secretary (Video)

Everything is nice and calm and then all hell breaks loose as someone comes running down the hall yelling for you to call a Code Blue as they grab the crash cart.

A Code Blue is a common thing in the hospital setting. You have your own experiences, let me tell you about mine.


Should I Assist in Wheeling Patients at the Time of Discharge? (Video)

One of the things that I sometimes do is wheel patients off the floor when they are discharged or wheel elderly visitors to the front entrance.


Sometimes it’s just to get off the unit, other times it’s to assist the nurses or the wait time for the volunteers were too long. In the part of the hospital that I worked on; the volunteers did not wheel the patients down, so it was on us staff members to help the patients.


Do You Know What To Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds? (Video)

You’re at the nursing station when the fire alarm begins to sound. What do you do as a Unit Secretary? Is there a fire in your department? What do you tell the patients and visitors?

These are the things you must know. Watch the video above to find what they are.