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I have worked as a nurse for over 20 years in the same hospital. I like my job as hectic as it can be and I have no regrets about becoming a nurse. I have never minded the way the hospital smells or the way people look in hospital gowns. I know I am in exactly the profession I was meant to be.
I remember when I told my guidance counselor in high school that I wanted to be a nurse, you see my science grades where never that good, she merely looked at me from behind her glasses and said, "Hmm, are you sure you can do this? Your grades are not that good." From that moment on my resolve was clear I was going to succeed and be a nurse.
In the past year of my career I have been able to work some extra hours in the Endoscopy Unit, when nurses needed vacation time or they were sick. As I got to know the nurses and supervisor of the unit, I was asked to take a short test so I could recover patients after conscious sedation. By taking this test it allowed me to move between two areas of the unit, intake and recovery.
Two weeks ago they offered me a postion part-time, just 8 hours a week, this means I will be trained to assit with the procedures, yet another area of the unit. I am really excited about going into the procedure rooms and observing the colonoscopies and upper endoscopies. During my interview I was asked, "Why do you want to work in Endoscopy?" I smiled and replied, " The GI tract is the most important part of the body. It is the true brain."
I am sure that my supervisor didn't really get what I meant but she certainly felt the passion in my words.
My acual start date is April 19, that is when I get to offically watch and assist with the procedures.
I have until then to learn all I can about the enteric nervous system, or the gut. Thankfully my library has health books on the gastrointestinal tract. My pile of books grows larger and I have started reading while standing in the kitchen. I am excited about this new challenge.
A few things I have learned:
There are more then a hundred million nerve cells in the human small intestine a number roughly equal to the number of nerve cells in the spinal cord.
The intestines work without any input from the brain, they are independant, of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. They are what is known as the enteric nervous sytem.
The digestive process is not simple.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter of the bowel. Serotonin is stored in the bowel.
Gershon MD, Micheal The Second Brain, 1998 Harper Collins: NY
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