The role of Service Leader for ENT surgery at the main campus of University Hospitals is a perfect match for Samantha Sprouse, BSN, RN. She loves working in the OR and shares the lessons she is learning as a nurse.
I have been a nurse for 4 years since graduating from Indiana University’s accelerated program in August of 2016 with my BSN. While I knew I wanted to be an operating room (OR) nurse, spending my last semester of school in the OR solidified it. In February of 2017, I started in the perioperative program. I took over as Service Leader for ENT in March of 2018, when a colleague was finishing her nurse practitioner program.
I have loved surgery since a kid and remember watching massive tumor removal documentaries as a 10 year old. I have always been fascinated by anatomy and by how much the human body can survive through. I think that is why I like free flaps so much. The biggest life lesson I have learned in the OR is to juggle everything. I am constantly moving even if it is just in my head when scrubbed in--I am thinking about what’s next in the case as well as being the resource for the other ENT rooms.
It may not come as any surprise, but I am a control freak and a perfectionist. It usually leads to my taking on more than I can handle. I have really worked hard this year to do what is within my control and let go of things being exactly right. Boundaries have been my friend even though I am not great at enforcing them sometimes.