By Katie Campbell
Web Content Developer
On Friday, October 29, 2010, 15 patients returned to the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center to celebrate Orthopaedic Nursing Day. Patients were invited to share lunch and experiences with each other and the nursing staff. Pauline Esoga, a senior clinical orthopaedics nurse, organized the reunion lunch.
“Orthopaedic Nursing Day allows us to recognize those nurses who are specialists in orthopaedics,” Esoga said. “When a nurse is certified in a particular area, he or she is able provide patients with the best practice and care.”
At the reunion lunch, patients discussed their personal journeys, including the pain they experienced before surgery, waking up groggy and blurry-eyed just in time to be assisted with their first post-surgery steps and the improved mobility they are experiencing today. The lunch was a celebration for orthopaedic nurses and the work they do to consistently achieve outstanding results for their patients.
“The patients are happy and that’s all we wanted,” Esoga said. “To see that not only did we help them through their surgery, but that even in the community they are able to fit in and get back to normal function. That’s what orthopaedic nursing is all about.”
Orthopaedic Nursing Day is a recognized holiday that is celebrated internationally on October 30.