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Robert D.

Knoxville, TN

Personal Information

  • Specialty

    Perioperative (Surgical) Nurse
  • Degree

  • Group

    Men in Nursing

My great-grandfather was the first male registered nurse in the state of Tennessee so I have no qualms about being a male nurse, you could say it's a family tradition. I'm not hung up on what it means to be a male nurse, I've even done a rotation on a labor and delivery ward and I can tell you that those women in labor don't care if you are male or female, they just want to know if you can help them out. I'm a fix-it type of guy so I was immediately drawn to the operating room. As an operating room nurse I am responsible for the room set-up, patient safety, equipment readiness and of course - paperwork. During a procedure I am the one who works to ensure that nothing goes wrong and that if it does, I can fix it. The ability to troubleshoot electrical problems, mechanical malfunctions and healthy case of common sense are all necessary parts of being a good operating room nurse. Nursing is different each day, because each case brings new challenges. I am pushed to do my best and to always be thinking. Navy nursing is especially rewarding because I get to see the world while I do the job that I enjoy. I have been to all around America as well as Italy and Kuwait. I have even done a rotation aboard the USNS Comfort in the Baltic Sea. The Navy is even helping me obtain my master's degree. Nursing may not be all glamour, but it provides you with opportunities to see the world, to do your best and to be part of a respected profession.

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