Make Personal and Professional Resolutions!
When I was a new OR nurse back in the early 80’s, our Friday morning speaker was a Plastic Surgeon who had traveled on a mission trip to repair cleft lip and palates. It was always my goal to participate in mission work and use my talents to help other people.
I was able to reach this goal in 2006 when family and job commitments allowed me to be away. Last week I returned from my ninth medical mission trip to Peru with Programa San Francisco Dias, based out of St. Paul and started by Dr. Frank Pilney. I have also been involved in two other mission trips to the Philippines and Hermosa, Mexico. Each trip is unique and very satisfying.
During my week in Peru we were able to operate on 39 children to change or improve their lives. Our mission is to repair or revise cleft lip and palates for these children. It takes the work and cooperation of the whole team from anesthesia to surgery to recovery room to make a safe environment for our special patients.
The program started in Lima, Peru but is now based in Arequipa, Peru, which is in the mountains east of Lima. The patients come from all over Peru. This is an easier access for our patients who may travel by bus for 16 hours to reach us verses 30 hours when we were in Lima.
In the last AORN Journal, President Natalie Walker talks about Embrace Action: Make Personal and Professional Resolutions. She is referring to your New Year’s resolutions. According to wikipedia, a New Year’s resolution is “a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, or to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.”
I would like to challenge everyone to apply this to our Professional Practice in some way. It might be as small as mentoring a new peri-operative nurse to build confidence or a goal of a weeklong mission trip in a third world country. I guarantee you will get back tenfold the effort you put into your resolution.
Enjoy the rest of Winter and Spring is just around the corner! Please take note that we will have a Monday night March meeting during the month of EXPO, followed by our Spring Workshop on Saturday, April 14th and the election of new officers. This year our chapter meetings will end in May with the installation of officers. There is a board / transitional meeting only in June. Also, remember to Vote for National Officers before March 26th, 2018!
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