A warm smile, gentle care, and sincere compassion is what Chris Beier R.N. is dedicated to providing each of her patients at the Joel M.Childers MD Women’s Surgical Center. Chris is part of the all female nursing staff that provides the sense of privacy, gentle care and confidentiality that are the crucial underpinnings of a center created specifically to serve women’s needs. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Joel M.Childers M.D. Women’s Surgical Center, the first dedicated space for women’s surgery in Tucson.
What do you love about Tucson?
I love the Mountains that surround us and the beautiful sunny weather. I personally like the fact that we do not have an elaborate freeway system like Phoenix. That’s what gives Tucson a small town feel to me. I am also a proud University of Arizona College of Nursing graduate. The U of A gives Tucson an identity and attracts many people from all over the world to come to our beautiful sunny campus and town.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy exercising outdoors, country music concerts, and going to any U of A sporting events!
What do you love about your job?
I truly love working with women of all ages. Women’s surgery at TMC is such a unique unit and each staff member here can truly relate to our patient’s sentiments about their gynecological issues and surgical interventions that they may receive. The team here at Women’s Surgery strives to provide each surgical patient with a warm smile, gentle care, and sincere compassion.
What would you like women to know about the center?
At TMC Women’s Surgery you are not just another surgical patient. You are a strong courageous woman with an identity to us. We realize that female surgery is never something any woman wants to do, but when certain female conditions affect our day to day operation we often find ourselves vulnerable and fearful of how our bodies will react to surgery. The best thing about TMC Women’s surgery is that we can all relate to your sentiments, and give you peace of mind about what to expect before, during, and after surgery. We make it a point to call every patient the next day to make sure they are doing well and answer any questions or concerns they might have. As a patient in women’s surgery you will never feel alone. Our all female nursing staff will protect your privacy and provide you with one on one nursing care until you are awake and physically stable. We will walk you through the surgical experience step by step and never leave your side.
What area of women’s surgical procedures are you most excited about?
I am particularly interested in diagnostic laparoscopy for infertility. I want women to know that it is minimally invasive and can provide you and your physician with valuable information to help figure out why you may be struggling with infertility. The recovery time can vary from 4-7 days depending on your body.
What would you tell your 18 year old self, 25 year old self, 35 year old self?
I would tell my 18 year old self that routine gynecological exams are very important as I head into young adult hood and college. If something does come up that is abnormal with my routine screening, women’s surgery can provide a safe effective out- patient surgical procedure to address the issue.
I would tell my 25 year old self to not fear laparoscopy or miscarriages because they are often common at this age and you will be surrounded by female nurses that can relate to what you are feeling and going through.
I’m not 35 yet but if I were I would tell myself that heavy painful periods can be safely resolved by getting an endometrial ablation but only if you are finished having children.