Evenings IS magic.
Or, it has the potential to be so.
It all depends on how the stars align.
And which surgeons are on call.
And it takes a lot of mental energy.
Because I firmly believe that the OR can make certain things go well.
If you will it hard enough.
This is a skill that is hard to learn.
The day charge calls it my zen.
It is me exerting my energy and my stamina against the world.
If I believe that two rooms will be done by 1700, I have to believe it hard.
It is a little bit of faith, and a lot of experience.
And the ability to read the board.
And experience to know the most likely outcome of a case.
And how long it will take.
I’ve done this for 7 years as the evening charge nurse.
I’ve been a nurse for 20 years.
It doesn’t always work.
But when it works, it is magical.