CRNA taking a break
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BALTIMORE, MD – Nurse anesthetist Megan Poole, a veteran CRNA at Johns Hopkins University, set a new record on Tuesday morning by taking a break while already on a break from her case.  The 46-year-old had smoothly induced anesthesia on a 70-year-old patient for placement of a prosthetic heart valve, when her colleague, Jim Wilson, arrived to give her a planned lunch break.  After the standard brief signout procedure, Poole left the operating room and moved to the Anesthesia Lounge adjacent to the Hopkins ORs.

CRNA taking a break
“This break is exhausting, where’s the resident to give me a break!”

After 10 minutes had passed, anesthesia resident Kevin Balmer appeared in the lounge and informed Poole that he was told to give her a lunch break.  “I was a bit surprised, initially,” said Poole, “but I wasn’t going to let a golden opportunity slip through my grasp.”  Thinking quickly, Poole began to signout her cafeteria lunch to Balmer, informing him that she was eating a 15-minute-old sandwich with no known medical problems.

“I didn’t think he would buy it at first,” she stated.  “But he’s a first-year resident and I think he was scared to stop me?  I told him that the induction of my lunch went smoothly and that my French fries had been hemodynamically stable.  He just kept writing stuff down on his clipboard.”  After finishing her signout, Poole left Balmer in the lounge to supervise her tray of cooling food.  She then left the hospital, walking to the Starbucks across the street to enjoy a cappuccino before returning.

“When I got back, my food had gotten cold, so Kevin had wrapped my sandwich in a Bair Hugger and put an infant warmer over my fries.  He said that my lunch had otherwise been quite stable.  I was dying but I kept a straight face.”  Poole thanked Balmer for the break, finished her lunch, and returned to OR 17 to resume her cardiac case.

She told Wilson of her achievement, and word spread like wildfire through the Anesthesia Department.  “Amazing.  Simply amazing,” said Dr. Linda Walker, the supervising cardiac anesthesiologist.  “I’ve been trying to crack the break-stacking dilemma since I was a fellow, but to no avail.  Then Megan just swoops in and nails it.”

Michael Dorn, the chief CRNA at Hopkins, was equally impressed saying, “We’ve all been trying to make it to Starbucks on break for years, but never had sufficient time.  Who knew that the key would be a confused resident?”

Poole herself is looking forward to attempting the feat again.  At press time, Hopkins was considering simply assigning an anesthesia resident to the OR Lounge full-time to facilitate continuous break-stacking for docs and CRNAs, and Walker had submitted the case as an oral abstract for the ASA Annual Meeting.  “I think we are ushering in a new era in anesthesia breaks,” said Dorn.  “I can almost taste the peppermint mocha.”

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  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Sierra Schabowski

    Shawna…. Nightshift…

  • Precision Valley Punisher

    No way she’s 46…….

  • Lindsay Davis

    Alecia Curry ;)

  • Lara Roman Dickinson

    Oh, I’m right on top of that Rose

  • Lara Roman Dickinson

    Oh, I’m right on top of that Rose

  • Cassie Weigman

    Hahahaha this is great!

  • Mia Carlisle

    Ha Melissa Lynch Moses- that’s hilarious! I might try this.. ;)

  • Gabe Rmd

    Vicente Behrens

  • Melissa Lynch Moses

    Mia Carlisle this made me think of you!

  • Carrie Ellen Wassel

    Kelly Barton Montgomery, have you tried this yet??

  • Nancy Ann Henry-Socha

    Too funny!

  • eric69

    1st rule of CRNA club- find the coffee machine. 2nd rule of CRNA club- find the lounge. 3rd rule of CRNA club- never talk about CRNA club.

  • husaria

    Nsg assistants at my hospital have this perfected! They should teach a course in Break within Break 101 – A primer for healthcare professionals

  • Julia Dimick Fuller

    That story is hilarious, we need more first year residents at my place just for laughs. We also need a Starbucks.

  • P Ryan Evans

    Bahahahah it’s all about thinking on your toes…. I will use this.

  • Elizabeth Elf

    Lmao!!!!

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    Fred Simpkins

  • Daniel Feldman

    What do you think Jason Buszta?

  • Hailey Keene

    Gotta have my Starbucks

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    Lindy, ha!

  • Tammy Nguyen Min

    Amazing, would love to implement this at my institution as Starbucks is almost 2 blocks
    Away

  • Vicki Rowley

    I think you missed the point john chauss!

  • John Chauss

    This has a layer of truth to it. I work with people like this. They also get angry if you don’t relieve them 30 minutes before their shift ends, too.

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    Lau Yie Hui

  • Su McKenzie

    Ryan this has your name written all over it

  • Danielle Berner

    Or you just need a break! I don’t know what that is!

  • Steve Roshia Jr.

    I need to take up a outdoor hobby like smoking so im not on my unit during break and getting asked questions about things relevant to my job while off the clock

  • Sarah Barker Serafini

    Mario will love this!

  • Sarah Barker Serafini

    Mario will love this!

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    Hailey Keene

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    Natalie Grable, life goals.

  • Mikhail Nekhamis

    Are we sure they are not describing an attending?

  • Tyra Harris Moncrieffe

    You’re not . A doctor are you? Kidding lol

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    Ppl realize this isnt a real/factual site right?? “Gomer” a term from a book called ‘The house of God’… I suggest it to anyone who can appreciate this satirical type of humor…

  • Paul Trow

    I am becoming anesthetized just by looking at her.

  • Kevin DiMauro

    “Informing him that she was eating a 15 minute old sandwich with no known medical problems” lmao
    GOMERBLOG you slay me

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  • Lidia V Mirza

    Lol

  • TA Petersen

    Polly Wetzel Zelaya you need some residents!

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    Pure Genius!!!!!

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    Ahahaha. Thoughts Tobyn Derby-Talbot?

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  • Terrence McBride

    I had one of those days today.

  • Ann Trollinger

    Lol! Darcie Angel.

  • Andrea Burrier

    Can I just say that I have worked 64 hours this week because we are so short staffed….

  • Andrea Burrier

    Can I just say that I have worked 64 hours this week because we are so short staffed….

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    Naomi Matthews

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    Naomi Matthews

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    Hahaha. Genius Danielle Major Galasso

  • Emma Cappello

    Hahaha. Genius Danielle Major Galasso

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  • Amanda Turner Russell

    Heather Devaney

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    Don Stanley

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    Cerisa Forrest check this out

  • Onur Kutlu

    Cerisa Forrest check this out

  • Jason C Wood

    Great!

  • Jason C Wood

    Great!

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    Lol Charlie Johnson

  • Melanie Voight

    Lol Charlie Johnson

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    Sarah Barker Serafini this made me think of your husband lol

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    Sarah Barker Serafini this made me think of your husband lol

  • Noreen Weber

    I’m sorry, what’s a break?

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    Gina Taylor Willaford

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    Marilyn Anne Shaw :)

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    Nicole Shirariver

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    Emma Cappello teeeheeeheee

  • Amy Olayer Rega

    Haha! Amazing! Simply amazing!

  • Kaycee Chouest Keller

    Hahahaha

  • Craig Mastracci

    OK, I’m confused. What’s a “Break”?

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  • Lindsay Rothrock

    Good for her.

  • Lindsay Rothrock

    Lol!

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    Lol…Cathy Brett Kinsey

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    Hahahaha

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    Lindsay Rothrock, Amy Amy Olayer Rega, Sabrina Marie,

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    Marissa Stromberg

  • Chris England

    It’s like inception. In a break within a break, minutes last hours.

  • Gwynn Davies Sperandeo

    Kristin Weatherley and Sarah Donnelly – we must master this technique at the VA!

  • Sarah Morgan Vanderwagen

    Funny Gomerblog….however there is unfortunately no Starbucks within walking distance of Hopkins.

  • David Janzen

    Lynae Christensen Tonika Harris- Lyons

  • Christine Adriana

    This is pretty much the only reason I want to become a CRNA.

  • Lora Ann Cullipher

    Break-stacking: It’s a stealthy maneuver.

  • Jared Furner

    Lora Ann Cullipher???? Lol!

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    Rob Kent

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    Hahahahahaha

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    Katie Logan Farley

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    Hahaha!

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  • Lora Ann Cullipher

    Joey Embanato, where’s my stacked break??

  • Elizabeth Jane Welch

    Britney Loveless Kiger

  • Lora Ann Cullipher

    As a CRNA who’s not exactly mastered the break-stacking technique, I find this article quite informative. And, to make it to a Starbucks on break is indeed a feat.

  • Laura Yost

    So funny

  • Josh Stewart

    Never trust a ‘Nurse ‘…

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    Robert Wong

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