I went to work in Theatre (surgery) in a Catholic hospital in northern Queensland.
This was an eyeopener to me, as much of the language from the staff during the operations, was less than desirable.
I said nothing,and neither did I laugh at some of the grouse jokes being told.
One morning after I'd been there for a few weeks, there was a lull in the conversation.
A radio played softly for a time and then one of the surgeons asked me.
"So Crystal, how come you went to the Catholic University?" (It was hundreds of miles away from this town.)
What does one answer to a question like this?
The reason, the real reason I had gone there was because the nursing program was known as the best.
However, now that the question was put to me during the middle of a patient having their veins stripped, I was taken by surprise.
So I answered quietly, "Well,..... maybe I am an ex-nun?"
Silence... complete silence followed my statement.
They were all stunned with shock!
Here they were in a Catholic hospital, swearing and telling inappropriate jokes, and I had heard them!
Before I could say it was just a joke, they all began to apologies to me.
"Crystal, I'm so sorry," said the head nurse.
One of the doctors told me, "I go to church every Sunday."
One by one, they gave me a glowing report of themselves.
How could I deflate their ego's?
So I said nothing, I kept silent.
My life became one of a celebrity....
All sorts of goodies came into our staff dining room to share around, and all because of me.
After a few more weeks I decided this wasn't my forte`.
So I left there to go back to Brisbane (our Capitol) and The Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Here I completed a Post Graduate Degree in Mental Health in conjunction with Queensland University of Technology..
I'm sure the staff in that other hospital never ever forgot the bomb that dropped one day in theatre, when they least expected it.
"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.Ephesians 5:3-5