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Team Gives All to Veterans


By Michelle Beaver

Imagine a staff member with 90 years of experience in GI endoscopy. They'd have to be at least 110, picture that. Alas, the endoscopy team at the Orlando VAMC GI Clinic, in Orlando, doesn't have any one person with that much experience, but all together, the team does.

The unit is staffed with 11 RNs and four LPNs, and also includes four gastroenterologists, a pulmonologist, a cardiologist, two colorectal surgeons and two physician assistants.

In addition to working Monday through Friday, eight to 10 hours a day, many members still find time to be involved in community events. For instance, the C3 Colon Cancer Collaborative, which encourages state representatives to pass legislation so that everyone has access to colonoscopies. The team members also participate in the annual Disney Marathon; the "Making Strides for Breast cancer" walk and are involved in various community events to assist veterans who are returning from Iraq/Afghanistan.

And that's not all: many of the staff members work on process-improvement projects so they can deliver better and more efficient care. Several members belong to SGNA and attend the meetings on a regular basis. The nurse liaison is certified in GI and is encouraging several colleagues to follow suit.

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