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Always a Nurse – Even on a Cruise

Published October 9, 2013 7:06 PM by Pat Veitenthal
Ahoy all nurses! I just returned from a cruise with friends and I was a passenger, not a Medical Officer. I can't tell you how much fun we had. We were four nurses, out to have a ball, and we did. Comparing notes at the end of the day, we found we didn't get too far away from our RN persona. At least once a day, each of us had some sort of medical encounter.

One of my traveling companions heard the entire sexual STD history of a complete stranger. I personally advised a new graduate on ways to ensure a staff position in the emergency room. People would ask what we do and saying "I'm a Nurse" always opens up conversations...Proof again that the public really trusts us.
The public may, but apparently our colleagues don't. We visited the private island where I actually worked with my cruise line, and I knocked on the medical staff door so that I could show my friends the well equipped clinic. I was met by the ship's MD who wasn't terribly friendly, and wouldn't let me in. I guess she didn't believe my explanation...even though my name was written all over the clinic journal since 2007. No fuss was worth it, I was on vacation, and no harm done.

My friend was able to get a good idea from my description. Anyway, we had no other need of the medical team, so the slight was forgotten. The only bad thing about the trip was how sad I felt about resigning from my cruise line. I so enjoyed sailing as a Medical Officer, and I will really miss it. I worked with some amazing teams, and made what I hope will be life long friends. I wish them smooth seas and fair winds, and hope to see them again someday...as a passenger and not a sailor!

posted by Pat Veitenthal

1 comments

So true !!

Donna D, E.D. - R.N., now retired October 10, 2013 8:42 AM
front royal VA

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    Pat Veitenthal, BSN, RN
    Occupation: Per diem nursing supervisor and cruise ship nurse
    Setting: Community hospital and cruise ships
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