By: Nina Schaeve, APNP, CCRN, NREMT-B
It rings so true that most endings in life are bittersweet as transitions occur from one major moment to the next. For those customers in the ThedaStar service area who may not have heard, I have taken a new position within ThedaCare after my recent graduation from Marian University with a Master’s Degree as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. I will retire the infamous blue Nomex flight suit and expeditious EC-135 P2+ for a white coat, ceil blue surgical scrubs, and occasionally even a set of heels, as I embark on my new path with ThedaCare Orthopedics.
Specifically, my new gig will entail coordination with Drs. Jeffrey Ralston and Brian Sears as they evaluate and treat orthopedic injuries secondary to trauma. I’m honored to work alongside them because they are known for their ability to handle incredibly serious and detailed orthopedic procedures while being pleasant and humorous at the bedside. I’ve been on many-a-flight to bring in patients from near or far for pelvis and acetabulum stabilization that cannot be provided elsewhere in the state, with the exception of UW Hospital and Froedtert.
In this role I will wear a variety of hats. As a first-assist in the surgical suite to Drs. Ralston and Sears, I will wear a surgical cap. Plus, I will help the doctors round on patients in the hospital and provide follow-up care in the Trauma Clinic inside of Theda Clark Medical Center. Being able to see patients throughout their entire traumatic process is very rewarding. Being healthy, uninjured people, we may forget how truly amazing it is to be able to independently walk to the mailbox or lift an item heavier than a coffee mug.
Although my prior experience does not include a wink of surgical practice, having nearly five years with ThedaStar and another five years as a Critical Care nurse, I feel like the transition is a natural extension to my resume. The anatomy and physiology of the human skeleton is mesmerizing. My new world is fun as it entails the use of many sterile power tools, hammers and gadgets.
All in all, you may not see me flying the Fox Valley’s friendly skies any longer, but know that I’m just on the other side of those emergency room doors awaiting your patient’s arrival. Thank you for providing myself and ThedaCare Orthopedics the opportunity to continue serving our community alongside ThedaStar!