Hey guys. I love the ER and OR. They are where I want to work. I am also very studious, and have a background in biology and chemistry. Needless to say, I know what I am watching when I get to observe.
Today in the OR I got to watch a left lower lobectomy with exploratory laproscopy. I was following the doctor along with everything he was doing. My fellow student and I were even whispering in the back about rationals for certain things he was doing and just enjoying our time there. It was just such an amazing thing to watch. So of course when the assisting MD calls us over to explain into more depth, I was elated!
He starts walking us through everything, all medical lingo which is what I was wanting to hear. Its such a good feeling to KNOW what he is talking about when hes using all the medical terms ya know? Like all that studying is paying off. After about 20min of him talking to me on and off about this or that, he asks if I am a med student. I replied no, I am a nursing student, to which my partner behind me further supplied, an LPN student.
I am not ashamed to be an LPN student, in fact I am proud to be on my way to becoming a Nurse, then RN then BSN and eventually masters. I understand we take one step at a time and am very comfortable with my path.
As soon as the docter heard my partner say we were LPN students he looked me in the eye in front of the other MD, and both circulating nurses and said, "Well in that case, since youre only LPN students, I will dumb it down for you." At first I didnt think he was trying to be offensive. But then his vocabulary went from medical terminology
to literally saying, "You see the red stuff and this lumpy thing?" and 10 minutes before he was asking if we could "Visualize the lower left lobe with a cmxcm mass" he was prodding. The circulating nurse even gave a little "giggle" after he said the comment.
I didnt want to over react so I kindly reminded him that I understood what he was describing and that he didnt need to "dumb things down" for myself or my partner. I took alot away from the experience so over all it was a positive one. But that one moment just made me feel about 3 inches tall!