Luella: Describe a typical day for you as an operating room nurse?
Lia: We would meet as a team, then head to our assigned room, review each slated case and just plan the day from there – it takes a lot of team effort in the OR room. The challenge is being aware of what your role is and making sure you carry out that role. It requires a lot of communication regarding equipment needed, patient care plan, and follow-through. We always want to be ready.
Luella: What gets you out of bed in the morning when the alarm rings at 5:30am?
Lia: I guess the same thing that made me choose this profession at 18 years of age – caring for the vulnerable and curiosity of the human body.
Luella: What was one of the most memorable days in the 36 years of your career as a nurse?
Lia: It would have to be the day where I rushed a full-term mother to the OR due to blood pressure shooting straight up. An emergency C-section was necessary, but mother passed due to cerebral hemorrhage.
I will never forget that image of the new father walking away down the hallway with his 2-year-old son and newborn daughter in the NICU. Life is so precious. Take nothing for granted and try not to sweat the small stuff.
Luella: What is one ritual that you try to incorporate daily in order to ‘keep it together’?
Lia: I really only started doing this in the last 6 years, but it would be to step away from whatever I was doing, and just go for a walk. I would clear my head and reset. It would be the only way I could then get through the rest of my day and make good/better choices. I realized that I needed to take care of myself to take care of others.
Luella: Name a Manitoban that you most admire.
Lia: It would have to be my boss, Dawn Affleck.
She has the same base skills as I, but she pursued further education. She was once an OR nurse, then due to an unfortunate accident became a patient, and used that experience as a patient to pursue her career, to take on lead roles in OR nursing, both in management and related Associations.
Luella: What is a title of a book you recently read or are currently reading?
Lia: Carry on Warrior by Glennon Doyle.
Luella: What is a naughty/secret indulgence/habit that you take part in almost daily.
Lia: Having a glass of wine.
Luella: Of the following five modifiable lifestyle factors, which one have you made a priority in recent years: Stress, Movement, Nutrition, Sleep, and Relationships/Community.
Lia: Sleep. It is so underrated, but so necessary.