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We welcome Dorothy Hilton to Cardium podcast to share her personal stories from her years as an RN in the OR and as a travel nurse. Our special episode celebrates the Nursing profession during National Nurses Week.

A Nurse's Calling: Celebrating National Nurses Week

May 6, 2020


Voice Over: Welcome to Cardium, from Aureus Medical, the podcast that gets to the heart of travel healthcare and asks, what's your WHY? With each episode, we explore the topics and issues that impact healthcare professionals in the fields of nursing and allied health. Now here are your hosts, Sunny and Matt.

Matt: Welcome to Cardium. Thank you for listening. And if you're new to our podcast, be sure to subscribe so you can continue to receive future episodes. Joining me as always is my co-host Sunny. Welcome Sunny.

Sunny: Hi, Matt.

Matt: How are you doing today?

Sunny: I am great, thank you. How are you?

Matt: I'm good. I'm good. For those of you listening, we are not in studio together as we normally are, we are sheltering in place as many of the country is doing today. And as you listen to this podcast, Sunny and I are five miles apart from each other, Zooming in and still continuing on down the podcast path. So this will be a little bit different, but I think it's very appropriate and it was really interesting Sunny, as we shelter in place and really make sure we're safe for our community, and abiding by the guidelines of the community, we're talking about the folks on the frontline, and people that are working this crisis, it's the nurse. And really talking about the nurses out there that are having to deal with this crisis.

Sunny: The medical challenges that people are all facing, not only as those of us that are laymen or civilians to it, but those that are working in the hospital or healthcare fields are having a face because not only do they have to go home to it and be fearful of what they are potentially bringing home, but what they are facing every day and they have to put their fears at bay, if you will. We really want to spend this episode celebrating those men and women serving, and what better way of doing that than to celebrate them for National Nurses Week.

Matt: Which is pretty, the world continues to turn and we talk about National Nurses Week, just thinking about there's over 3.8 million nurses in the United States. Grand scheme of things that's not very many people and they're all called to deal with a lot of things going on here. This is a pretty special one too Sunny, as we were researching for this episode. This year... I think Nurses Week ends on Florence Nightingale's birthday, the founder of modern nursing, and it's a pretty special one actually.

Sunny: Yes.

Matt: It's her 200th birthday. So what makes you...

Sunny: She’s looking pretty good.

Matt: Yeah, yeah, no kidding. But one amazing story to talk about the world continues to turn Nurses Week is running up right when the country is needing nurses the absolute most. And what an appropriate time to be honoring those folks out there dealing with everything you spoke about. So I'm excited about this episode, as I say every single time, but it really does. This one's going to hold a special place in our hearts, I think.

Sunny: Yes, yes. And although it's a tough time right now, we're going to celebrate nurses. But I think this is a great time to not only bring awareness to the nursing field, to also celebrate the extraordinary efforts and contributions of those in the nursing healthcare field, and also bring forefront of the contributions that these nurses bring every single day. I know how much they've impacted my life personally, yours, but to every single person. I mean, you think about what nurses do, every single day, whether you are the one getting the little shots in the arm, when you're getting a vaccination, to the person jumping on that gurney as they're pumping the chest to save your life. You know what I mean?

Sunny: So there's so much a nurse can do and has done. And so it's amazing how we need to bring awareness and educate the public about the role of nurses, but also hopefully inspire someone to continue their education or to get into the field. So-

Matt: I agree. Well, I think we should get jump in. And I think we should bring our guest on board. What do you think?

Sunny: I agree. So without any further ado, let's introduce Dorothy Hilton. Hi Dorothy.

Matt: Hi Dorothy.

Dorothy: Hi Matt and Sunny. How are you guys today?

Sunny: Great. Great.

Matt: Good, thank you.

Sunny: Glad to have you. Well, I want to introduce Dorothy, she is a registered nurse with a career that has spanned over 29 years. Her experience is that she's been a director of surgical services, an ICU/CCU Nurse with balloon pump experience, Department of Defense healthcare nurse, patient advocate, a travel nurse and a budget planner. Dorothy is highly skilled in planning and directing the day-to-day for nurse managers and their staff, as well as providing inpatient support to all patient types including veterans, chemotherapy, critical care and post ops. She received her ADN in 1991 and followed with her BSN from South University, graduating summa cum laude. She prides herself on being a leader, a change agent and providing each and every patient with superb health care. Dorothy is also a military spouse to a colonel with more than 30 years of service. Welcome.

Dorothy: Thank you.

Matt: As we spoke about National Nurses Week coming up, I think it's great to have someone with your experience coming on board and joining us, so thank you. We're always curious to hear the stories our guests. So I think it's appropriate to jump right in. What inspired you to become a nurse?

Dorothy: Well, when, let's see, around my 20s my grandmother passed away. And during the time that she was in the ICU/CCU barrier, I got introduced into nursing. And just watching the care that she received and stuff and how they were with my grandmother made me aspire to be just like that with my patients, almost like you're treating your family member and not a patient. But that made me interested. It started the whole cycle. Yeah.

Matt: It's amazing how one little thing like that, can really change the course of your life and to really almost give back to a profession that…

Dorothy: Oh, absolutely.

Matt: You or your family.

Dorothy: Yeah. Absolutely. And I've inspired others. In fact, I was listening to you guys talk about the nurses on the frontline. And one of my granddaughter's friends ghosted with me in the OR, and she is now an ICU nurse. She graduated four years, BSN, and she volunteered to go to New York, the Cleveland Clinic took 25 people, and they all went to New York and they're there for four weeks helping out. But that's how it is. With nursing, you have to be ready to focus on the good and the bad.

Sunny: When you look at your span of your career over the years, what do you see has stayed the same? And what do you see has changed?

Dorothy: I work mostly in the operating room now. I've been doing that for over 20 years. And you can tell the difference between the old way and the new way. So when they started doing more focus on their electronic charting, it's very difficult for a nurse in the operating room to be able to focus on your patient, when you're being told, "Oh, you have to have this chart in and you have to document that the patient's in a room," and to me, that's the least of my worries. I don't focus on a chart, I focus on my patient. Because my patient is my main concern.

Dorothy: The first thing you do is take care of your patient. Anesthesia takes care of the patient, you take care of the patient, you guys do it as a team effort. After that, the doctor and that surgical tech will take care of your patient, then you have time to do whatever you have to do. You don't have to do an electronic chart right away. And I feel the focus has gotten away from the patient and away from assisting the anesthesia when they're doing their aesthetics for the patient.

Sunny: That's a good point, because as a patient, you're lying there, you're seeing the light, it's cold. And you're scared and-

Dorothy: Fearful. I mean, that's just... So that was one of my biggest things.

Sunny: Dorothy, one of the things that I've learned over the years in my previous life working with young nurses and therapists and student outreach is that it's really important to have mentors. And especially-

Dorothy: Oh, yeah.

Sunny: ... when you're getting out into the field. And so you've been in this career for some time. And a little birdie has told me that you are very passionate about mentoring. And I want to hear your thoughts on that. And tell me a little bit about your thoughts on giving back and how you go about doing that.

Dorothy: I believe that it's very important for us, as the older nurses, to take the younger nurses like they say, under your wing. You have to show them the proper ways, proper techniques, but you also have to show them how to care for your patient. Some of them, like I had alluded to before, they're so worried about charting and they're so worried about, "I got to get those times done. I got to get them in there." They have to learn that that's not what you're there for.

Dorothy: I understand you have to chart and you have to do things, but those things can wait till the end of the day. Take notes, comfort your patient, take care of your patient. Assist the anesthesia, if you're in the operating room because nothing happens to your patients until anesthesia has worked with them. A lot of times those patients, before they go to sleep, they're so scared. All you have to do is teach somebody, you hold their hand, you talk to them, you let them know that everything's going to be okay. There's nursing things that you have to do, but you also have to teach them how to be, I don't want to say more human, but more compassionate. Because you have to have that compassionate component to make it all come together.

Dorothy: They teach you all the sterility and all that stuff in school but somebody has to tie it all together for you. And I feel that as a mentor or a preceptor in the operating room or in any focus of nursing, that's how you tie it together. You teach them the compassion component that goes with their sterile technique.

Sunny: And that's a good point. Because you learn the books side of things, you learn the lab part of things, but now you've got to learn the human component of it.

Dorothy: Right. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Sunny: That gets forgotten. Is there a structured way that you go about doing this when you're precepting? Or how do you mentor or how do you encourage people to advocate best?

Dorothy: The first thing I do with the newer nurses is ask them, is there anything that you think you need to know that you did not learn in school as far as book learning or whatever? And once you get your communication going back and forth, that is extremely helpful. You have to communicate with the nurses, you have to find out what they need. You have to tell them what your expectations are. And what you think we should focus on as a group or as a duo. Because in the OR, it's only two of you.

Dorothy: So you'll have somebody for a whole week and you're teaching them how to do general cases. "Okay, so what went well this day, and what didn't go well? What do you think you need to focus more on? What do you think you need to not focus more on?" So a lot of the things that you teach them come out like you said, with the human component. A lot of this stuff, the sterility, the insertions of foleys, the prepping of a patient, a lot of that stuff can be done in a technical environment. But the stuff that I'm trying to teach them, is how to take care of a patient.

Dorothy: That patient is like your family member. You know what you want your family member to feel like when they're in the operating room, or in the hospital. You know you want to have your family member feel comfortable knowing that you're there to take care of them. And that's one of the things that I think you have to have them know, is how to take care of a patient.

Sunny: I think that's interesting. I think, in school, it's almost as though they're trying to get them to desensitize so that they can learn. And you're trying to zero them back in and then in the middle. And so that's really interesting and so-

Dorothy: And you've got to tie it all together.

Sunny: Yeah. That's amazing. Thank you.

Dorothy: You're welcome.

Matt: Dorothy, we've spoke to quite a few medical professionals that have decided to look at travel or contract staffing as part of their career path. And when Sunny was reading your extensive bio, really, you've done so much. But I'm always curious of what was the deciding factor, what really inspired you to look at taking your show on the road and doing contract travel nursing?

Dorothy: Well, when I graduated, I graduated and I worked in one place and I did critical care, ICU and chemotherapy. And I went to the OR. So in a nine-year span of time, I had done three or four different jobs. I decided one day in the OR, that I didn't want to be stuck in this one little place all the time. I wanted to expand my horizons and go and do other things and see how other people did things. So I decided to travel. So my first travel assignment, I went to Virginia Beach.

Matt: Wow.

Dorothy: My second one, I went to Alaska.

Sunny: Oh, wow.

Dorothy: And let me tell you, I took my mother with me for three and a half months to Alaska. Anything that you want to know about travel nursing, you learn on the seat of your pants, as my dad used to say, "By the seat of your pants," you learn stuff. But the thing that I like the most is learning different cultures, going to different states, seeing stuff that I've always wanted to see that I would have never seen if I didn't do the travel bit. So because of my travel, I have seen 43 out of 50 states.

Matt: Wow.

Dorothy: Yeah. And I've done mostly everything that I've wanted. I've been to Seattle, I've been to Alaska. I never went to Hawaii. So that might be on my bucket list. But I was drawn more toward the Pacific West. It's just intriguing, because you can pick where you want to go. And more than likely, there will be an assignment there and you'll get to do what you want to do. You'll have time to go out and explore and do things. Just sit and go to the hospital every day. And that exploration gives you a chance to view things in a different way.

Matt: So when you start looking at, taking an assignment, and the two that you had mentioned, your first and your second, there's probably a lot of that. I mean, the culture that you had mentioned and-

Dorothy: Oh, yeah.

Matt: ... [crosstalk] a culture in the hospital even in the different folks that would be on staff. What are the ways that you, on a short stint, you only have a Matter of days and weeks to connect with staff, what are the ways that you have found in your experience when you do travel, that you are connecting with the staff when you get to an assignment and knowing that you're only going to be there a short time and they've all got their own lives. What are some of the ways that you found that have been really effective for you?

Dorothy: I always think that it's nice to take a welcome. Instead of them welcoming you, you welcome them, because you're there to help them, they're not there to give you a party or have you see things differently. I, for one, I make homemade quiche. I make little munches. I do all kinds of different things. One day I took coffee and bagels, and everybody loved it and liked it. And it's just the homey things that you do. And just taking care and making sure that the staff that's there has what they need to survive and that, what you need to survive.

Dorothy: But of course, you have to know where the ins and outs are, organization wise, but you're also there to help them. So you try to make your focus on them and it makes it more comfortable and cohesive between the two of you.

Sunny: I think we said this before when we talked about how you change the tone of the conversations and remembering as a traveler, you're not there for the water cooler conversations, but you're there for the potluck conversations-

Dorothy: Right, right.

Sunny: ... different.

Dorothy: Yeah. Like in Pennsylvania, just for one. The staff has a lounge, and the doctors have their own lounge. But one time I made quiche for everybody. I made 10, no, I mean, 12 quiche.

Sunny: Wow.

Dorothy: And I made 12 quiche, brought them in the morning. They were warm, nice and cozy. They already had their bread and their muffins because that gets delivered. And not only the staff got invited, but doctors got invited. So everybody was working together and the anesthesia was invited as well. So it's more or less, you have to respect them, for them to give you respect. And that's exactly how you do it. You just make it so that they feel comfortable with you.

Sunny: Yeah. I'm sure there's times where you go into a situation, and I've heard it, where there's times where you may feel as though you're not respected.

Dorothy: You said it pretty much. Everybody has their bad days. I work hard at what I do. And we're there to take the pressure off the other staff. And I can understand where the traveler comes from, but I can also understand where the staff comes from. And it's not necessarily that your job is the hardest one there. It might seem like it's that hard. But if you look at everybody as a whole, a lot of teamwork goes on. And if you're the type of traveler that you can be in a cohesive environment with your other staff members, more than likely they'll help you get through the day. You're not there alone.

Matt: So Dorothy, when you started talking about some of the great experiences you've had as a nurse, and especially as a travel nurse, because a lot of our audience are travel healthcare professionals. Can you tell us some of the positive feedback that you received from the perm staff about maybe a unique perspective that you brought where maybe there was folks that you work with, that had never traveled. They'd only been in that hospital after they became a nurse or became a tech or a therapist. And some of the things that, maybe a story or two about, yeah, your perspective of what you learn in Alaska was this and it was a positive experience overall. Not just from connecting with them, but professionally, too.

Dorothy: Yeah. Alaska was so much fun. So much fun. And the staff made it fun. It wasn't that it was, you're there just to work. So like I said, we explored, me and my mom, and I took a friend with me who also traveled. So three of us went up there together. Two of us worked, my mom, she just hung out. But the staff, they liked us so much over there that they gave us a party before we left. So it was really fun because we went to somebody's house and they had a big picnic. And in the back of her house, she had a slew in the back of her house. And in this slew the moose were grazing. So it was awesome.

Dorothy: And you have to make out of these assignments, what you want out of your assignment. If you go in there feeling like you're going to be the worst of the worst, or get the worst of the worst, that's basically how your assignment's going to probably work out for you. You have to go in there with a clean mind and heart and know that you're going there to take care of patients. Because after all, our focus is supposed to be on patient. And in Pennsylvania, they call me their permanent traveler. I've been there three years in a row, and pretty much, two to three assignments each time. So they call me their perm staff member, but I'm a traveler. That's what they call me.

Sunny: That's awesome.

Matt: I love it.

Sunny: Can you think of a... What's your favorite moment? Your favorite nursing moment that you're just like, "Gosh, when I look at that moment, it just makes me smile." Like the-

Dorothy: I have a story from when I was in nursing school.

Sunny: Okay.

Dorothy: And when I was in nursing school, and we were first on the floor, our job was to do hygiene for patients. And I had gotten admission, like you said, late in the day, and it was a elderly gentleman who was homeless, and he did not have the best of care. I spent five hours giving this man a bath.

Sunny: Oh, my God.

Dorothy: And he cried.

Sunny: Oh, that's tough. Oh, and it still touches you, don't it?

Dorothy: Yep. Because like I said, we're there for patients.

Sunny: Are there moments like that, that still get you now, recently that when you travel you're like, "Ah, that's a rainbow moment for me,"?

Dorothy: [Crosstalk…]

Sunny: I call them rainbow moments.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah. Doing patient care, even in the OR, and you're there with your patient as they're going to sleep and they're holding your hand and you're telling them, "It's going to be okay."

Sunny: Yeah. Yeah. That's good.

Dorothy: I told you, you need a Kleenex.

Sunny: Yeah, you're going to make me cry. Why you do what you do.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah, absolutely. That's why I do what I do.

Sunny: Yeah.

Dorothy: Patients really appreciate a personal touch. And I think that's what I try to give them, is the personal touch, just like with staff.

Sunny: What age groups do you work with Dorothy?

Dorothy: I do mostly elderly. So anywhere... Well, anywhere from I'd say 40s to sometimes 90s. My favorite is pediatrics, but I hardly get to do those at all, because now they have them so specialized. And I think that's a big, big thing that I wish they wouldn't have done. They shouldn't have specialized, "Okay, this hospital only does this age group and this hospital does this age group." I think it takes away from your nursing education.

Sunny: Got it.

Dorothy: Because when you're going to the OR, like when I first went into the OR, you learned how to take care of every patient. And you don't want to exclude any demographic from that nursing education.

Sunny: How long have you been traveling again?

Dorothy: Over 20 years on and off.

Sunny: And when you were traveling... Well, while you have been traveling, were you in pediatrics and working with the elderly in that moment?

Dorothy: Uh-huh (affirmative). Yeah.

Sunny: Did you have any …

Dorothy: I used to take... I used to do this too, when I did pediatrics, I would go to Dollar General or the Dollar Store, whatever. And I would buy little tiny stuffed animals or all kinds of little things. And when I knew I was going to be doing pediatrics that day, I would take and get a patient sticker for the patient's name. And I would put it on a little bracelet. And then I would find out what surgery we were doing and I would dress the teddy bear or whatever, in the same dressings that patient's going to wake up in. And I would make sure that teddy bear had the patient's name on it, and the name bracelet so that they knew, "This is my teddy bear, it's got my name." And they would go to sleep with these teddy bears.

Sunny: Oh, my gosh, that's amazing.

Dorothy: And that would be their little gifts when they woke up, is these teddy bears. Yeah. But I would dress them up, like if we had a broken arm I would put gauze all around the arm, make sure it was all wrapped up and put ouch on it or write on it. And then made sure it had name then.

Sunny: You make it easier, when my son had his first surgery, I remember he was a year old and I was just so afraid. And I think I would have probably been less afraid if I had... But it's nurses like you that really just make parents like me and Matt, just go, "Thank you so much." Because it does. And it makes our job a little bit easier when we're praying and waiting. So thank you so much for that.

Dorothy: You are so welcome.

Matt: Dorothy, I wanted to, in honor of National Nurses Week, I want to talk a little bit about, from a travel nurse, in light of a situation where nurses are needed and traveling nurses are needed and all hands on deck, everybody needs to be there. What are some of the things that get you excited about going to a hospital knowing that it's going to be a tough workload, you're going to work long hours, it's not a perfect environment to walk into. What goes through your mindset about getting yourself excited?

Dorothy: [crosstalk] for it?

Matt: I mean, you've got to have that positive attitude for your patients. So what mental preparation do you go through when you know you're walking into an environment that's going to be rough, you're going to be dealing with some sick people and they're needing someone there to lean on, similar to the stories that you've told Sunny and I?

Dorothy: Yeah. I don't know. I think mentally, you just have to think about why you became a nurse. Because those people that are sick, it's not their fault they're sick, it just happened. So that's one of the mindsets some people have to take into consideration is, it's what you're there for, it's what you went to school for. And now you're going to be able to show your worth, but it's all worth it in the end when your patient comes out of it.

Sunny: Yeah. I think you're right, Dorothy. I think sometimes people look at nursing or at travel as a means to maybe financially. It definitely is and that's awesome. But I think we also have to remember the core reason at the beginning. What was it at the beginning? It's like a football player who went into maybe the game because of the game. [inaudible 00:29:01] because there was an element there of caring and giving.

Dorothy: Exactly.

Sunny: And sometimes it gets lost in the way because life gets in the way, because of kids or in marriage and bills and the house and rent and we all have that. We all have that, life gets in the way. So we all have those excuses. And we can all go down the list. But we have to remember what's core to us. And you, thankfully reminds us that if you stick to your core, you stick to what Florence Nightingale has taught-

Dorothy: Oh, yeah, absolutely. Yep.

Sunny: That we are here to serve. That you are here to serve. And to do what the basic element is, and that is to care for and do no harm. Nonmaleficence.

Dorothy: That's what the have to remember, like he asked, when you know you're going to go into harm's way and you're going into, like I was telling you about the young lady going to New York. She knew what she was in for. She's prepared. And it just makes me proud to know that she went.

Sunny: Yeah, yeah. Kudos to her.

Dorothy: Yep.

Matt: Dorothy, there's quite a few folks in our audience that are looking and both from nursing and allied health that are thinking about making a move to a travel part of their career. If you had to offer some inspirational tips or pieces of advice or for folks that may be on the fence, whether or not it would be fulfilling enough professionally or personally, do you have some tips that you would tell anybody, whether they be a tech or a therapist or a nurse?

Dorothy: Oh, yeah. My biggest fear was that I would be so scared going from place to place. I think my biggest fear was not liking what I chose to do. And let me tell you, there should be no fear of choosing to do a travel job. You can go, like I said, and do things and experience things that you would never experience anywhere else except doing travel. And as far as that, you have to learn your surroundings. You have to get in with the staff. You have to figure out what's their ideas or their needs as far as you're traveling there to help them. And I think that's one of the things you have to remember, you're not only there for a paycheck, you're there to help them. And that's one thing they have to remember. Paychecks are good but helping and doing what you're supposed to be doing as far as patient care, or any kind of care, you travel, you get days off, you can do anything you want to do, as long as you have your mind open for it.

Matt: I love that. That's great advice, and I think it applies to anybody deciding to make that just-

Dorothy: Oh, yeah absolutely.

Matt: ... remember what's in your heart. I love it.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah. You have to remember. Yeah. That's the best thing I can tell them.

Matt: It's great advice.

Dorothy: Thanks.

Matt: Dorothy, as you look back at your career as a nurse and all the things you've done, can you think of a time or a moment in time when the light bulb went off, when you said this was the moment that you really realized that you're in the right place and you're doing the right thing, and you've found your path. Can you think of that time or maybe it was a scenario of when that happened with you?

Dorothy: In the operating room. I think after I had started traveling, probably the first travel assignment. No, I'd say the second one, in Alaska. And I was standing next to a patient holding their hand and the patient started to cry. And just knowing that I could comfort that patient and still focus on my job, was the biggest thing I could ever have done. So yeah. So that would be my biggest, probably when the light bulb went off and said, "Okay, you're in the right place, right time, right moment, right career, and you can teach people from this experience."

Matt: That's got to be pretty special to think back on that.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah.

Matt: All the things that you thought about, that you can think pick out that one moment in time. Not many people get to say that. So that's maybe-

Dorothy: Oh, no.

Matt: ... you were able to think of that. So that that was it. That was the lightning struck, and it was very much of what that patient needed.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah.

Matt: And quite frankly, was what you needed too.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah. Because the anesthesia couldn't do their job. She was a wreck. So just to get her calm down enough for anesthesia to be able to stay, "Okay, now I can focus on what I need to do." Yeah. So yeah.

Matt: Wow. That's great. That's awesome.

Dorothy: It's awesome when something like that happens. It's awesome. Yeah. I think there's another instance when my granddaughter's friend asked me to go with me to work one day, and I got it okay for her to go with me to the OR, and I took her to the OR and she was just beside herself thrilled, that she got to go to the OR. And then when she got accepted into the nursing program at Cleveland State, I was one of the first people she called.

Matt: Oh, what a great impact you made on her life, probably forever. The ripple effect is just far and wide.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah. And to go back and talk to people. I've trained some of the staff in Pennsylvania when I was just there just recently, and they would come up to me and say, "Oh, by the way, look, I'm using this idea that you had, I'm using it too. This is my focus. I'm using your idea." It was just nice.

Sunny: So Dorothy, I mean, you've done so much over the years and so many assignments, and I mean, what do you do when you're not traveling or not working in? What are you doing on your off time? How do you chill?

Dorothy: Oh, my goodness. Well, my husband and I do ballroom dancing.

Sunny: Oh, my gosh, I love that.

Matt: Wow.

Sunny: I'm not lying. What's your style?

Dorothy: Mostly the boardwalk. Yeah, yeah. So we've done ballroom dancing, we do cha-cha, we do Tango, we do all that stuff.

Sunny: Oh, my God, I love-

Dorothy: That's one of my passions. I have four things that I do. One is ballroom dancing. The other one is, I have seven horses. So I ride horses and I train horses and I delivered one of my horses because I didn't have a vet and the horse was having trouble. And I think one of the things from being in the operating room has taught me some skills. So I delivered a Breach horse.

Sunny: Oh, my gosh, that is crazy.

Dorothy: So I take care of horses. Another thing I do is I've been doing a little bit of archery lately.

Sunny: Oh, my gosh, that's hard.

Dorothy: Yeah. So I've been doing target practice. I've actually made three bull's eyes in the last week.

Sunny: You're amazing.

Dorothy: So I've done that as well. And the other thing I like to do is read. I like to read a lot. And I take care of my grandson for the summer. In fact, he'll be coming here next week or the week after and he'll be staying with me for the whole summer.

Sunny: Oh, how old is he?

Dorothy: He lived with us up until he was five. And then he went home with his mom. He just turned nine in February. And he'll be coming to stay with us and he'll be pretending like he's in a school environment again. So we have a whiteboard and we have all that stuff set up for him to get him ready for fourth grade.

Sunny: Oh, that sounds like fun. Oh, my gosh, you are busy but that sounds so much fun.

Dorothy: Oh, it's great though, because we teach him how to ride, we teach him how to do farm things. We have a garden that we're going to put up and he's going to be in charge of the garden with my husband, just stuff to keep him busy and keep him active and keep him acclimated during the summer. Keep him growing as far as mathematics and stuff. It's a job that's continual.

Sunny: Dorothy, I have loved listening to everything that you have told us. And I think you are just an inspiration. At the end of every podcast episode we want to hear and it's really the core of why we do what we do here at Cardium. It's the heart of what we do. We want to hear what inspires you. We want to hear what makes you do why you do what you do, basically. So we want to know what's your why?

Dorothy: My why is my patients. And my patients mean everything to me. And it makes me feel so good to know when they feel so comfortable in the operating room. And they can go to sleep and not have any worries when they're sleeping. To hold a patient's hand is one thing, but to give them comfort is another. That's my why.

Sunny: You're going to make me cry.

Matt: That's a good one. That's a good one.

Sunny: And I love the passion that you have, Dorothy. It's just amazing to see and to hear.

Dorothy: Well, thank you so much. And I appreciate you guys doing what you do. Because that way more people can hear, about everybody's journey. Or everybody's why, as you call it. I would encourage anybody to go travel. So yep, that's my thing.

Matt: Well, thank you very much, Dorothy, and thank you-

Dorothy: You're very welcome.

Matt: ... to the near four million nurses out there that are on the frontlines, holding their patients hands, giving them comfort-

Dorothy: Oh, yeah.

Matt: ... providing the care, what an honor. And it's been a special episode and we do love our nurses, National Nurses Week in May, and it's been great. So thank you very much.

Dorothy: Yeah.

Sunny: Thank you.

Matt: That's going to wrap up today's podcasts folks. We would love to hear from you. So please drop us a review. Let us know what your thoughts are on today's topic or anything else you'd like to discuss. Sunny it's been an honor and a pleasure as always, thank you.

Sunny: Thank you.

Dorothy: Thank you guys and happy Nurses Week to all my working nurses. Hopefully they're staying safe.

Matt: Absolutely. Be well everybody.

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