Chapter 30: Reward
Inside the head nurse's office-
When Huo Mian entered the room, she saw Xu Yan, the head nurse, talking on the phone. At the sight of Huo Mian, the head nurse quickly finished her conversation and hung up the phone. She nodded at Huo Mian and said, "Take a seat."
Xu Yan, the head nurse, was famous in the OB/GYN Department for being a stone-cold workaholic. She had made many interns cry.
Weaker-hearted interns had either quit or transferred to another department.
Huo Mian had interned under Xu Yan for 6 months now. Although the head nurse was intimidating, she was very professional and knowledgeable. Huo Mian preferred these qualities about Xu Yan, and as far as she was concerned, Xu Yan was much better than those greedy co-workers who only cared about money.
"Huo Mian, the hospital director's assistant just called and asked me to pass along the message to you. The surgery for the government official was very successful, and he should wake up in 12 hours."
"Oh really? That's fantastic!" Huo Mian smiled.
"The director wants to reward the staff involved in this surgery after the official wakes up. Three from our hospital participated in it - the anesthesiologist, you, and another male nurse. The director would like to know what rewards you would like."
"The patient isn't conscious yet, isn't it a little too early to speak of rewards?" Huo Mian asked, slightly hesitant.
"The director is sure that the official will wake up. Just tell me what you would like, and I will pass it along to the higher-ups," Xu Yan said calmly.
Huo Mian thought for a second and asked, "Ma'am, could I really make a request?"
"Of course, as long as it's not too over the top."
"I was hoping to get a pay bonus." Huo Mian made sure she enunciated every word.
"A pay bonus?" The head nurse looked surprised. "I thought you would ask for a permanent position."
The process of obtaining a permanent position required at least three years. On top of that, interns must go through a rigorous process of testing and grading. It was a long and complicated process.
"A full-time position? Oh, I haven't thought of that. After all, I've only been here for 6 months, so I don't expect to become a full-timer any time soon. A bonus of 1,000 yuan might be more useful right now."
She truly needed the money. Not only did she max out her credit card, she also owed Lingling 1,000 yuan.
So even if the hospital could only give her 1,000 yuan, that would still help out the situation. At the very least, her younger brother would have enough money to live for the next month.
"Alright, I will pass on your message. But, the decision will ultimately be made by the director."
"Alright, ma'am, if there is nothing else, I'll get back to work," said Huo Mian as she got up to leave.
"Oh, Huo Mian."
"Yes, ma'am?" Huo Mian turned around.
"I've heard that the lead surgeon for this operation is an incredible neurosurgeon, and all of his assisting surgeons are domestically-renowned doctors. He...is he very young?" asked the head nurse, slightly embarrassed.
The head nurse didn't mean to pry; she was just curious. She heard that the surgeon was from Harvard, but hadn't had the chance to meet him in person yet. She could only ask Huo Mian to quench her interest.
After three seconds of silence, Huo Mian bit down on her lips and replied, "Yes, he's very young."
For reasons unclear to her, Huo Mian felt proud speaking about Qin Chu.
Despite the director's relentless efforts in inviting him to dinner, Qin Chu rejected the offer after the surgery.
Eating dinner with a dry and uninteresting old man? It was too boring to even think about.
Plus, it wasn't the director who convinced him to perform the operation. If it had only been him, Qin Chu probably wouldn't have accepted it in the first place.
As he walked out of the hospital, Qin Chu took out his phone and called his driver to pick him up. Suddenly, he saw a black Jaguar slowing down and stopping in front of him.
The window rolled down, and the young man sitting inside took off his sunglasses. Surprised, he exclaimed, "Qin Chu?!"