AORN Blog - The Periop Life

10 Things a New Orleans-based Periop Nurse Is Thankful For

A Guest Post from Ramie Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR

Give Thanks

November 17, 2017     

In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked Ramie Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR, an active AORN member and PRN staff nurse in the OR at South Louisiana’s only Level One Trauma Center – University Medical Center (UMC) of New Orleans – to share her top 10 list of what she is most thankful for this year.

10. When someone brings a giant pot of Jambalaya to the potluck lunch.

9. That there were no second lines* or parades blocking your way to work.

8. That there was an impromptu second line or parade on your way home from work.

7. Patients who will say, "Thank you, sweetie," and genuinely mean it.

6. The smile you get seeing your no-nonsense surgeons cover their cloth cap with the soft blue bouffant.

5. A fresh, hot cup of chicory coffee and real creamer in the nurses’ lounge.

4. When a resident brings in music they just acquired from the Jazz & Heritage Festival.

3. Getting a great educational speaker and free po’boys at your local AORN meeting.

2. All of the different accents you can hear in surgery saying, “Time Out, Y’all!”

1. Seeing ALL Y’ALL at the 2018 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, from March 24-28, in beautiful N’Awlins!

*Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" or "first line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit, as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line."

Ramie is also a writer and a blogger. Connect with her at [email protected], and plan to say “hello” at Global Surgical Conference & Expo!