As some of you know I used to work in a plastic surgery clinic. I helped the doctor set up his practice and I was his only employee when he first started – I was many things- receptionist, computer technician (I set up the whole system! plus the computerized inventory system), assisted during small procedures such as mole removal and then when he did surgeries such as breast augmentation, face lifts and liposuction I cleaned and sterilized all the equipment that he would need for each surgery and laid it out for the team that he brought in to assist him, acted as circulating nurse during the surgeries and then recovery room nurse when the surgery was finished.
I ended up leaving after 6 months because I was just too over worked. My 8 hour days were often 12 hour days or more, and when I wasn’t working for the plastic surgeon I was training in the ER where I now work. Yes I had two extremely heavy nursing jobs at the same time. I worked 7 days a week. Eventually, after 6 months of doing that I had to decide which job I wanted and I decided to work in the ER – mostly at that time because I was so worn out and it was walking distance from my home.
I still wonder from time to time how things would have turned out if I’d continued my career as plastic surgery nurse. Every now and then I get the urge to look up plastic surgery clinics and have a peek at what types of procedures they are doing. It was by doing this that I discovered New Jersey plastic surgeons. They are a group of plastic surgeons who are related. Yeah- two sons and their father all named Dr. Glasgold. How could that not stand out. LOL I’ve never come across a family run cosmetic surgery clinic before. How different. Someone check that place out and tell me if they all look alike.
Perhaps some day, if I get tired of working in the ER I’ll look into working in a plastic surgeons office again. I certainly have some experience behind me, but unless I was paid a heck of a lot more than than the doctor who’s surgery I helped set up paid me I won’t be overworking myself again. Well, maybe I will if I really love the job.