Eileen Opdyke Celebrates 39 Years of Service at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Eileen Opdyke Celebrates 39 Years of Service at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center


(inspirational music) – It was March of 1980 when
I started at Franklin Square. And everybody here was
very kind and welcoming. The hospital was smaller
from the one I came from. Everybody knew each other. The difference between then and now was that everyone was more proper. I was Mrs. Opdyke by the
doctors, by the staff. Doctor came in, you stood up. If there wasn’t a chair available, you gave the doctor your chair. I was a surgical technologist. So I did what I was told. One of the surgeons asked
me in the OR one time, “Why aren’t you a nurse?” And I thought, “why aren’t I?” Franklin Square made it possible for me to go to nursing school. They adjusted my shifts,
they did everything possible that got me to be able
to go back to college and get my nursing degree. I was 40 years old when
I got my nursing degree. The atmosphere is more
level playing field. Everyone has a say,
even the surgical techs have a say in what’s going on. They can stop procedure if they feel that something is not right. And before, the surgeon was the captain of the ship in the ’80s
and what he said, went. Or she. The evolution of the
hospital has been fabulous. We have gone from not even doing laparoscopic surgery to having three robots doing surgery for us. And I would love to let the next 50 years to see what happens with the technological explosion that we’re having. It was easier being a nurse in the ’80s because there wasn’t so much technology. Now, you have to know so much and be able to handle so many different pieces of equipment. And everything is much faster-paced. The best thing about
MedStar Franklin Square is that patients are our center. We do everything around what is the best for this patient at this time. That’s why I love the operating room. I take excellent care
of one person at a time. They are my focus. That is what I do. I am here taking care of you.

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