Carolyn Turner, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., C.P.A.N. (CNIII Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
They say that your job should be a passion in your life. Thankfully, I love my job as a nurse. UC Davis Medical Center has provided a wonderful environment to practice, patients to love and nurture and a "family" of colleagues to enjoy. I appreciate the feedback I receive from the patients, the pride of a job well done, and seeing the fruit of my labor in the PACU. As a nurse educator, I am proud to pass those on the things that I have learned over the years - especially those that I feel can really make a difference in our patient and family care and satisfaction. Pain management is a special area of interest for me - finding the best combination of care and medication to optimize our patients and "beat the pain". I am always learning and enjoying that process and those successes.
I feel that I have a strong voice in my personal practice and also in my unit's structure and function. As a member of our health-care team I know that my opinion and creativity are valued and respected. Our PACU is like few others in that we have such a range of patient acuities, services and age ranges. I learn something new every day.
I truly appreciate all that the university has provided for me. The educational opportunities (almost a full ride for post graduate work), ongoing free CEU's, all types of insurance (my legal insurance defrayed the cost of a full family will and trust), and a great retirement package when I am ready to "leave the nest" make this a very "holistic" kind of work experience - hard to find in this day and age.
To sum it up, I feel that UC Davis Medical Center is a great institution of caring, teamwork, learning and progress. I am proud to be a part of it.