Marilyn Domanowski Celebrates Her Service at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Marilyn Domanowski Celebrates Her Service at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center


(upbeat music) – Growing up, my mom
and my grandmother said “Marilyn’s going to be the nurse.” They bought me every Cherry Ames book. Which is like a Nancy Drew. It’s a Cherry Ames series. I read all of the series. And I always knew I was
going to be a nurse. There was nothing else that I’d rather do. I wanted to work here in Franklin Square because I had done some training here and I live in the community. I first started in med surg. I worked in the med
surg floor for two years and I loved that job. And then I got married and I had a baby. I came back with what was called PRN. So I worked all over the hospital. I really really got a lot of experience. I became a nurse. I said that’s when I
really became a nurse. ‘Cause I’d worked so many places. But one of the places I worked was OB and I realized I really really liked that. And labor and delivery,
it was my favorite job. And I loved it because,
it’s such an intimate moment for you to work with a
person, with your patient. Because she’s vulnerable,
but then she trusts me. That’s my job. My job then was to reassure her
but then to be knowledgeable and take care of anything
that could happen. And all of a sudden, there’s
another person in the room. The baby’s born and it was just beautiful. That’s why I think it was my favorite job. Well there’s so many changes
as a nurse, in the nurse scene. What’s the word for everyday work? Different equipment. We have much better equipment now. We used to have these little
Gomco suction machines that we would roll in to
do suction of a patient. It was called a Gomco. Now the suction machines are in the wall. We used to have glass IV bottles. Now we have the plastic bags. We used to smoke in the nurses station. I mean so many things have changed. We have medicine rooms. You used to have to go in the
room, lock the door behind you and draw up your medicines. And now they’re in a pyxis. They’re in a locked cart. Just a lot of change, we
used to have four bedrooms. Four patients in a room. There was no privacy. Now we have all private rooms. One of the main differences
from back in 1972 when we started.. Actually I think now,
nurses have more respect. Back then, when the
physician would walk into the nurses station, if you
were charting, you stopped. You closed your chart. You gave it to the doctor. You got up, gave him your seat. But now, we’re collaborative and I really really appreciate that. The doctors call me to
discuss their patients. “What do you think I should do?” “What do you think we should do?” “How should we manage this?” And we collaborate together,
and I just like that respect that we have for each other. We’ve come so far, and
one of the things we have the Cancer Institute. We have the Orthopaedic Institute. We have top notch NICU here. We have a whole women’s
pavilion for obstetrics. We are a certified stroke hospital. So we’ve come a long way. I mentor nursing students
throughout the year and I tell them all, I
can’t imagine not doing it. Being a nurse. And I tell them that
they’re in for a good career if they’re caring, they’re
honest, and compassionate. (upbeat music)

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