I've been a nurse for six and a half years and I still have work dreams. Last night, for example, I dreamed that I was back in nursing school
, on my peds rotation and my teenage patient withdrew care and died. Then for some reason I did have to go to work, so maybe I wasn't in school?
Last week I dreamed that a patient on my floor gave birth to quadruplets and one had an exposed brain but all four were already bottle trained. (I work adult medicine - don't know nothing 'bout birthin' no babies!) My charge nurse told me "oh well, they're our patients now."
I don't have the stressed out, heart-pounding ones anymore though - like the "it's the end of the shift and I realized I haven't seen one of my patients yet" dream. Although I still dream that I get terrible assignments. But that should be no shock considering the assignments I get most of the time, haha.