So as some of you know, I recently PCS’d from Korea to Bethesda, Maryland to work at Walter Reed National Military Center. PCS stands for permanent change of station for those who don’t know, it is an army acronym meaning that the Army just relocated me since my time was up at my previous location.
Working in a hospital as an army medic is extremely different than being a medic in a field unit. In a field unit, I had more freedom to treat a patient and in what I had to do. I also had for the most part, the same soldiers since I was one of the medics that took care of a battalion. During that time, you get to form a very close bond with the soldiers and they come to you for whatever problem they may have, from medical to even personal problems. It really is amazing how important medics are to them.
In a hospital, its a little different, patients come and go, even though you might see a few return back again. During that time you take care of them and make sure they are comfortable but other than that, once they leave, you may never see them again. You can’t form the same bond you do with them like the soldiers you see daily. I have seen soldiers grow and I have grown with them.
That’s not saying the hospital life is bad either, its just a different experience. There are benefits to working in a hospital. I am able to bond with my fellow coworkers, which includes nurses, medics, corpsmans, and LPNs. Also, I have access to the latest training so I can continue to learn and be able to provide the best care to my patients. Another cool thing about working in a hospital, is that I can meet new people and listen to their life stories. Some of these people have lived great lives and its amazing listening to them tell their stories.
So in conclusion, even though it is a new experience to me and I might not always like the way things are done, I am looking forward to working at Walter Reed and looking forward to all the great moments I will have.