Ruth Romey

Ruth Romey

Ruth Romey, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Med Surg
Portland VA Health Care System
Portland, Oregon
United States
Ruth had gone to the "PX" (gift shop) to purchase me a sports bra from her own personnel money.

Ruth was my nurse while staying at the Portland VA. She was in charge of me during the day shift. I was to be traveling from Portland to Madras upon my release. I did not have a proper bra for my travel. The left breast was removed during my due to cancer.

Ruth had gone to the "PX" (gift shop) to purchase me a sports bra from her own personnel money. The clerk helped her to find a bra, not finding a big enough one. She made sure I had all the supplies needed to take care of me during post-op. Plastic wrap to wrap my chest when showering, sterile gauze pads, safety pins to secure my drain tubes, cups to measure the output from my flow tubes - taught me how to empty drains, placement of gauze, recording amount of output from drains. How to roll the drains so they would create suction.

I was really unsure of how I would do this myself – "scared" – with her teaching I found I could do this! She left answering all my questions; I really needed this training session.

I have done a good job draining these units. Thank you so much for all she did for me. A very happy Vet!