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Friday, July 07, 2006

Another busy - but good - day at the hospital. I was on-call again today and there were two traumas (tier 2, so both were cognizant) and I arrived in the trauma room/ER before the on-call chaplain who I was supposed to shadow. So, I began the routine by myself by getting our special chaplain info sheet and talking with the paramedics to get the information about the patient. It was kinda cool and exciting, but before Doug got there, I felt like the biggest poseur. I kept on thinking to myself, "They're going to tell me that I'm not supposed to be doing this!" But they didn't. And the nurses seemed to be OK with my presence. And then later, when a Code Blue was called, I was around and the chaplain I was shadowing had to go get something he forgot in the ER, so the nurse came up to me and I thought to myself, "She's going to say to me, 'Who are you and what are you doing here?!" (because I have gotten this reaction FREQUENTLY from nurses) and she said to me, "You're pastoral care, right?" WOAH! She is now the most totally awesome nurse in my book because she actually knew who I was. She wanted me to go and be with the family, so we found the other chaplain and she showed us who the family was and then the rest of the afternoon we spent with this family and slowly learned about how this family is in the middle of a family feud. And I don't mean the game show. So, it was interesting. And cool. I love this being on-call stuff.

- Jenny, 7/07/2006 06:21:00 PM

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