Rob Sherrick, RN, BSN, MS, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse

by Linda Friedel | Reprinted courtesy of KC Nursing News

Rob Sherrick shares more than his clinical side with patients. He has his own brand of humor to relax the moment.

“He has a great sense of humor,” said Amanda Scrogham, RN, CNOR, director of surgical services at Belton Regional Medical Center (BRMC). “He has a very good sense of humor with his patients. His patients seem to appreciate that.”

Sherrick, RN, BSN, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse at BRMC, is very detail-oriented, Scrogham said. He is an excellent resource for anyone with a question on critical care or nursing, she said.

“He’ll help educate you to learn your job better to get through the day,” she said. “We’ve been fortunate to have him working here.”

For Sherrick, using humor with people comes naturally. It is not something he learned in nursing school, he said. Whether he is relating to co-workers or helping with patients, Sherrick said joking or making fun of himself is his way to lighten the mood. He is especially drawn to new graduate nurses who still are finding their way, he said

“It’s just the way I react to situations,” Sherrick said. “I try to bring a little bit of humor and lightheartedness to whatever I am doing.”

Sherrick says he always is looking ahead for the next big challenge in nursing care. He is currently studying to sit for the certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) exam. He completed his master’s in biology in 2012 to prepare for the certification. Sherrick has always been fascinated with biology, he said, and looks forward to settling into the specialty. He likes the autonomy and the challenge of more advanced nursing care, he said.

“It’s more focused care – very critical care,” Sherrick said. “It keeps you on your toes the whole time. It’s something I will enjoy for a long time, as well.”

Sherrick’s grandfather inspired him into nursing. First, he followed in his granddad’s footsteps, then he took his advice. Sherrick was a former nursing home administrator, like his grandfather, a hospital administrator. His grandfather told Sherrick he admired nurse anesthetists and saw Sherrick in the specialty. Between Sherrick’s passion for biology and his grandfather’s words, he pursued nursing school shortly after his grandfather passed away.

“He always spoke highly of advanced nurses,” Sherrick said. “He really looked up to them. He saw the possibilities of it being a good career.”

Nursing was a second career for Sherrick. Many of his classmates in the fasttrack program he attended came from a variety of backgrounds, he said, including artists and computer specialists.