As Assistant Director of Surgical Services and Coordinator of the Bone and Soft Tissue Bank at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Joseph Scaglione, BSN, RN, ONC, CTBS, RNFA, CNOR, had found his niche in the profession of nursing. He traces his career path, emphasizing the many different roles nurses undertake.
I am a Nurse.
Whenever I tell people that, it usually needs more explanation. Nursing is so many different things, and most people do not realize all you can do or accomplish with that degree.
Thirty-three years ago, I started my career working night shift (11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.) on an orthopedic floor. After one year, I accepted a position working with an orthopedic oncologist and his patients, who became my patients also. My job was to work with them from the time they walked into the office, assisting with their surgery in the OR, and then with all of their follow up care. In essence, I was an RNFA (Registered Nurse First Assist) before that designation came about.
Due to the work we were doing in limb reconstruction, I became interested in tissue banking and was able to start a storage tissue bank in the OR. This resulted in some more initials after my name--CTBS (Certified Tissue Banking Specialist). During this time, I became active in the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON), and got my Orthopedic Nurse Certification (ONC). I have also served as the President of the local chapter for many years.
Since I was working in the OR so much, I thought I should further my education and proceeded to get my Certification as a Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR). After 24 years of very satisfying work, I had the opportunity to move into a management position over orthopedic services in the OR, where five years later I became the Assistant Director of Surgical Services.
When someone tells you they are a nurse, keep them talking so you can find out what that really means; there is so much more to that story. No one is just a nurse--nurses are people that continue their education from the second they start working. I always tell everyone that the only constant in medicine is change and the nurse is leading or facilitating that change every day.