Jessica Godoff

At Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, staff nurse, Carol Harrison serves as being in-charge of ophthalmic service. There, Carol and the OR team help doctors with everything from cardiac-valve surgeries to precision eye repair. At Good Samaritan hospital “we have been doing a lot of cataract procedures, but those who have moved out to our surgery centers, and now I spend most of my time helping surgeons and our patients with surgeries that involve the retina,” says Harrison. Along the way of working around the U.S., she has worked in ICU’s, Med-Surg units, and cardiac intensive care, among other specialties. Humorously, Carol recalls when her and her husband moved to California and she got a job at “Good Samaritan Hospital’s outpatient surgery unit, and talk about a plum job for an ICU nurse – weekends off! I was in hog heaven.” She was asked if she would be interested in learning how to be an OR nurse, which she felt would be an adventure and a challenge. Carol Harrison has implemented her key to success throughout her career in believing that “things have become so specialized, you need to keep going after outside education and certification.” Carol is definitely keeping up with her key to success; recently, she has obtained her certification for OR nursing through the association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses, certification through the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, and spent two terms on the National Certifying Board for the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, where she reviewed and evaluated content for the ASORN certification exam. “Nobody’s just a generic nurse anymore – there are new specialties all the time. We have to educate ourselves, because then we can excel in a particular specialty, and also find new areas to work on and grow into,” says Carol.