Every once in a while, it's good to have some ice cream—especially
in the morning.
At least that was the thought of Humboldt General Hospital's surgical
staff when they met their boss recently with spoons in hand and bibs around
their neck proclaiming: "I love free ice cream."
They weren't actually expecting to get any "free ice cream"
on August 9, the day of their planned staff meeting with HGH Chief Nursing
Officer Darlene Bryan, but they got the surprise of their lives when she
walked in with all her dairy supplies and toppings in hand.
The story began several months ago when HGH's nursing leaders treated
their staff members to an ice-cream social. Some members of the OR staff
didn't get in on the tasty offerings, however, due to their surgery
schedule, so Bryan promised a second chance, which she made good on a
few days later. Now, fast forward three months.
August 9, Bryan had a staff meeting with the OR crew. As she arrived home
from work the night before that meeting, she said she had a thought that
she should go get ice cream and take it to the staff the next day.
She said she tried to dismiss the thought as ridiculous, especially since
the meeting was in the morning, but the thought persisted, so she trekked
to the store and bought all the supplies for a complete ice-cream feast
the next day.
Imagine her surprise and delight when the OR crew (not knowing anything
about her previous night's trip to the store) was ready and waiting
(as pictured) with their "I love free ice cream" signs and spoons in hand.
Bryan said it was such an amazing coincidence, she couldn't believe
it. She was so grateful to have listened to that little inner voice.
"I would have felt so bad to show up without ice cream," she said.
The OR staff, for their part, was more than thrilled to breakfast on ice
cream—not such a bad thing, according to Bryan, especially for a
hospital crew that begins their days well before the sun comes up.
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Pictured from left to right are: Regina Gatlin, scrub tech; Sarah Steepleton,
unit secretary; Jackie Gonzalez, RN; Juan Pederson, scrub tech; Wally
Diamond, RN; Stephanie Stinnett, RN; Dee Medlin, RN; Sandy Naes, RN/Interim
OR Manager; Lourdes Grajeda, scrub tech; and Melissa Pederson, central