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- Aug 17, '12 by NurseDirtyBirdIn the game Taboo, there is a buzzer. This buzzer sounds exactly like the call-lights at the first LTC facility I worked in. I still can't play that game. Family members thought it great fun to chase me around the house pushing that thing.
I've also heard "call lights" when the telephone rang - it was the same frequency and made me jump every time. Got rid of that. Fast food places have alarms that sound the same as alarms at work (someone above mentioned that already.) Drive-thru only for me.
Also had the dreaming about work and hearing things in my sleep. But mostly when I worked nights.
If you're working nights, you might be having difficulty adjusting to sleeping during the day. Or if you had to adjust your sleeping schedule at all. Trying to reset your circadian rhythm can really screw with your head. You might want to talk to your MD about this if that's the case.Last edit by NurseDirtyBird on Aug 17, '12 : Reason: Made assumptions with no factual basis
- Aug 18, '12 by hey_suzYes, I used to have that all the time. The beeps would get stuck in my ears, just like pungent patient aromas (iliostomy comes to mind) would get seem to linger in my nose. I think this is kind of common. I noticed it was way worse when work was more stressful or if we were short.
- Aug 18, '12 by futureADNI'm not a nurse (not yet, at least...getting my pre-req's currently) but I am a CNA and I do hear phantom call lights or bed alarms at home, in the car, everywhere. Especially after a long long day. I have been doing this job for a year and a half and I finally took a vacation to the mountains and the sounds on call lights were in the back of my head. Now today after working 16 hours last night and only getting a few hours of sleep, I was at McDonald's with one of my friends from work, heard beeping that sounded JUST like our emergency lights and I literally jumped out of my seat...I guess its just a habit now!
- Aug 18, '12 by MunoRNI hear them occasionally when awake, and often when asleep. It was hearing them while sleeping that drove me nuts, because then I'd either wake up thinking I had to deal with a monitor alarm and then still hear it even though I had woken up, or dream that I was at work, only to then wake up and realize I had to actually go to work, after feeling like I had spent my whole sleep time there.
I got an air conditioner for my bedroom and noticed that I suddenly stopped hearing them while sleeping or awake in the bedroom, I found that an air purifier works just as well for white noise the rest of the year.
- Aug 18, '12 by meatballexperienceThat happened to me a lot during my first few months. What was worse was that if one of my kids woke me up during the night, it would take me awhile to come to and realize they didn't need suctioning or any IV meds hung! Or will never forget shaking my husband awake in the middle of the night about diltiazem, LOL!
- Aug 18, '12 by bubblejet50i haven't heard noises in awhile but a coworker and myself both have this problem when we are at home we will knock on doors before walking in. just a habit. our husbands look at us funny. i used to hear beepers when i worked LTC. it does go away after awhile.
- Aug 18, '12 by Fearless_leaderYes this has happened to me too. Also as a teenager fell asleep at my boyfriends house (now husband) and I called out Welcome to Mc Donalds how may I help you. He just looked at me like honey your not at work anymore. You hear a beeping noise through the headset you wear in drive thru. The beeping syndrome does exist.
- Aug 18, '12 by Christy1019I had this problem frequently after a midnight shift in the ER, and would be driving home thinking something was wrong with my car b/c of the beeping in my head. The only solution I could come up with was obsessively running around troubleshooting the alarms while working, hoping to prevent the problem.
On a side note, I am a big believer that constantly alarming monitors/pumps/equipment leads to alarm fatigue, & can result in critical problems going unnoticed I.e. Tele monitor constantly sounding due to artifact, then when pt goes into Vtach nobody pays attention to the alarm. Unfortunately, I worked w/too many coworkers who didn't seem to think it was a problem, & I can't count how many times I would be assigned to a different area & happen to walk through the monitored pt area & clearly see a pt in Vtach, SVT, or so severely bradycardic that asystole was inevitable, on the central telemetry monitor. The part that bothers me is that most of the time there would be multiple RNs sitting in front of the monitor at the nurses station but not one even turned to see what the RED alarm (critical) was, b/c multiple pt's were continuously alarming for minor reasons like a lead or pulse ox being off, alarm limits not adjusted to pt's baseline, etc.
There is an interesting thread on here somewhere that discusses alarm fatigue & how dangerous it can be, and I believe it gives examples on how to prevent it by changing alarm limits for each pt, adjusting lead placement etc for anyone interested. To the posters who also have the issue of "phantom beeping", hopefully you can find that useful in preventing the problem.
- Aug 18, '12 by sauconyrunneryes! I used to hear those bells...but I have to admit eventually they fade, and sometimes I could barely hear the alarms and alert tones at work, given the amount of noise pollution there is out there in a hospital.
- Aug 18, '12 by FlareYes, i remember hearing phanton call bells and ivs when i first started as well. Rest assured, it does fade as you acclimate to the job, though the afore mentioned white noise machine may quicken that process.