Wednesday, September 28, 2011
a mispent youth
I was a dietary aide. Then I was a nursing assistant who swore she would NEVER be a nurse. I didn't want anything to do with all that bedpan junk. Then I was a "house orderly".
This hospital is a university affiliated teaching hospital that is big, does a lot of specialty stuff. They have since built a new hospital. The old hospital was a maze of buildings. As a house orderly, a glorified gopher, I ran the halls of that hospital doing gopher-like stuff. I took stuff from here to there a lot. Back then they didn't have tube systems to deliver stuff, so they used people like me get stuff from one place to the other.
Among the things I did was take bodies to the morgue. I remember carrying babies in my arms down to the morgue. Looking back now, I can't believe I even did that. We let the mortician into the morgue to retrieve bodies.
Thinking about the fact that I was about 19 and able to do this sort of stuff foretold the fact that I would inevitably end up a nurse. If I could tolerate dead bodies, I could tolerate all the stuff that comes with nursing. And lo and behold, here I am oh so many years later, back where I started.
Posted by girlvet at 2:56 PM