After having been employed in an Oral Surgery specialty practice for many years, I have learned that while RN’s receive extensive knowledge and training in the medical field, a “warm and fuzzy” connection with the oral cavity is lacking. I decided to compile a crash course for nurses entering our practice so that they will feel confident while they learn the new dental anatomy and terminology language. I’m sure that I will continue to add to this document as new questions arise daily from our RN’s such as, “what does luxate mean?” I love working with these intelligent and dedicated members of the oral surgery team, and simply want to make them feel comfortable in their new discipline. I hope this helps 🙂
I took the above photo at Wickanninish Beach on Vancouver Island: a place that I love, but also one that makes me feel like a “fish out of water.”
I’ve been on an educational hiatus since I completed Foundations 3100; I’ve yet to enroll in the next course in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at VCC, but I’ve not been idle. A big part of my assigned job at Okanagan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates for the past 5 years has been coordinating and scheduling the surgical staff. I’ve been so busy with my clinical responsibilities that another coworker had to be appointed the task of scheduling (a very important job: staff = production). Much to my chagrin, my replacement decided to use “designated shift scheduling software,” even though the Google© software that I had been using was, in my opinion, extremely effective; none-the-less it is human nature to try to “re-invent the wheel.”
I’m frustrated by this decision, but not bitter. Things were going so well with the staff scheduling that no one questioned that this was because the software was so supportive: a “well-oiled machine” so to speak. Anyhow, I’ve included the open letter to Google that I wrote just before I relinquished my scheduling responsibilities with the intention of helping others 🙂
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