Light up lobsters!
Why don't lobsters share their toys? Because they're shellfish. Get it? Shellfish.
Bad jokes aside, lobsters are making a splash at Children's Hospital Boston. Patient families waiting to be called for surgery or to see a clinician can now grab a cup of coffee or take a stroll through the Prouty Garden while staying connected to Children's Preop Clinic through a little red lobster.
Thanks to the creativity of Mary Ellen Pierce, RN, the clinic's traditional pagers have been replaced with new, lobster-shaped beepers that light up when the operating room or clinician is ready for the patient. "I walked into a very busy restaurant on Cape Cod and was handed a beeper the size and shape of a lobster," says Pierce. "I thought something like that would be perfect for our waiting room."
Pierce made some calls and was able to order 10, red lobster beepers for Preop. "Our department has kind of a fish theme, so we figured the lobsters would work," says Pierce. "They arrived a few weeks ago and have already been a big hit."