Learning by doing

Today a nurse came to me and told me, proudly, that he’d built the flat top table with the help of the day charge. Because his doctor would need it for his tibial plateau fracture, his last case.

I had already written the instrument list and I knew that there was a case that required the fracture table that he’d just taken apart. And it was the case before his tibial plateau case.

The nurse’s face fell a bit when I told him the fracture table would have to be rebuilt. Because the hip pinning required it.

Then his face cleared.

“That way you can watch me build the fracture table to make sure I did it right.”

He didn’t want any prompting.

I told him I was there to lend a hand.

He did great.

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