"It’s not for the money, but for the patients," she said. "If everyone would realize that they are all on the same team and not competing with each other, then things would work better. We should be professional and respectful of each other. Each day strive to do an even better job and think about the care you would want to receive if you were having a procedure done."
Working in the endoscopy specialty is great for many reasons, according to Donna Serzen, RN, a member of the winning team.
"I really enjoy working in endoscopy and some of the reasons are you can devote time to your patients, there is camaraderie in this specialty that not everyone has, working with equipment, and doing procedures is fun," Serzen said.
"Working side by side with the physicians and having the opportunity to work in the different areas of the department, such as pre-op, post-op, procedure room and screening, keeps the job from being monotonous," she added. "There are always new changes going on in GI and attending the conferences helps me to learn about all of the changes."
The VAMC 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.