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I just went to a birthday party for one of my co-workers the other day and was pleasantly surprised with what a great time I had. Normally, I don’t go to many work functions just because between work, school, and having a family I don’t have a lot of free time.

I was surprised by some of the guest list but keeping an open mind, I decided to have a good time and see what this new adventure was going to be like. You never know who mingles with whom and where your favorite (or least favorite) person might show up. It is also interesting to see what people are like outside of the work environment. For example, one nurse who is quite withdrawn and quiet at work was practically the life of the party (and she hadn’t even been drinking!). Another nurse who is usually very loud and overbearing was polite and delightful to talk to.

I really had a great time, I was the first to get there and almost the last to leave. Breaking bread with co-workers is a wonderful way to open your eyes to new possibilities and friendships. I learned so many interesting things about people I never would have known—hobbies, talents, and personalities! One of my co-workers plays the accordion!! Who knew?!?

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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