How many of you have had this dream???

  1. As a new graduate, I would periodically have the classic dream that represented my feelings of ill-preparedness. In my dream, I would get to about 6pm in my shift and "realize" I had forgotten to write down my times of med administration on my "brains" (nurse pocket sheet or whatever it is called now). I would invariably awaken feeling panicked, wondering how many meds I had forgotten AND then I would realize that I was only dreaming. Still, it would take a little while for my heart to quit beating extra fast before I could settle down and go to sleep.

    A friend told me she also had a version of this dream. Is this the "great, cosmic nurse dream" nightmare? Has anyone else out there had this dream or one similar to it?? Happily, the dream passes....
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  3. by   nurse2002
    Originally posted by MollyJ
    As a new graduate, I would periodically have the classic dream that represented my feelings of ill-preparedness. In my dream, I would get to about 6pm in my shift and "realize" I had forgotten to write down my times of med administration on my "brains" (nurse pocket sheet or whatever it is called now). I would invariably awaken feeling panicked, wondering how many meds I had forgotten AND then I would realize that I was only dreaming. Still, it would take a little while for my heart to quit beating extra fast before I could settle down and go to sleep.

    A friend told me she also had a version of this dream. Is this the "great, cosmic nurse dream" nightmare? Has anyone else out there had this dream or one similar to it?? Happily, the dream passes....
    I was looking at old posts and this one REALLY jumped out at me!
    Oh so many nights ive had this dream. I also have one where I am assigned a new patient and noone tells me about it until the end of the shift. And while I have these dreams I hear constant beeping, sounds like a pump or maybe a call light. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP
  4. by   nialloh
    I had this dream when I was a new grad. I would always wake up thinking I forgot to do something for my Pt. . If I was still half asleep, I would try to figure out how to do it, even though I didn't know what I didn't do. It only lasted a few months until I was more sure of myself. I still laugh at it.
  5. by   gwenith
    I fond myself out of bed one day after night duty pressing the wall tring to get the "pump" to stop beeping. It was actually a truck across the road reversing going "BEEP BEEP BEEP".:imbar
  6. by   Disablednurse
    I have not worked in over a year due to health problems and will never work in nursing again, but I have this dream 4 out of 7 nights. I wake up in a cold sweat with my heart pounding. It is unreal. I am so glad that I am not the only one that does this.
  7. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    I haven't had this dream, but when I was studying for the NCLEX I had a dream that had me in tears.


    I dreamed that I was sitting in front of the computer to take the NCLEX and when the questions came up it was some strange language. I was just sitting there and everyone else was getting finished and walking out. In my dream I was crying and was crying when I woke up too.
  8. by   P_RN
    Yes me too. A variation is there is a whole hallway of rooms behind the nurses station that only *I* know about.
    (I think that was a plot line in Cherry Ames, Student Nurse....) anyway I am suposed to do something there. Now it's been 29 years since I graduated and 3 years since I've worked. Im just like Disablednurse......never be able to work again....the dream must mean something. Unfulfilled desires?

    And I hear the beep of pumps all the time.
  9. by   susanmary
    How about the dream where you FORGOT you were assigned a patient, and three-quarters through the shift you looked at the patient assignment board and saw your name written on the board.
  10. by   purplemania
    I worked with a nurse whose patient went 8 hr. without being seen by a nurse because she did not hear her assignment. A living nightmare for all concerned. I will never forget the look of fear in the nurse's eyes. Yes, I have anxiety dreams similar to what have been described.
  11. by   silvermoon
    You're all way ahead of me. I had my first nursing exam dream last night. All the questions were ones I hadn't revised for and I couldn't write more than one sentence. And now you're all telling me the dreams don't stop.
    When I was training for the check-in desk at the airport I dreamt I had a whole queue of people with windsurfers (my worst check-in item at the time). Perhaps I can just gibe up sleep.
  12. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by gwenith
    I fond myself out of bed one day after night duty pressing the wall tring to get the "pump" to stop beeping. It was actually a truck across the road reversing going "BEEP BEEP BEEP".:imbar
    :roll :roll
  13. by   nursbee04
    I had twelve hour clinicals this semester and one day I had to give meds on my own for the first time (instructor dbl checked every couple of hrs) to five pts. So all day I was a nervous wreck, dbl checking like an obsessive compulsive (which I still do, btw). I went home that night, dreamed about getting the room numbers backwards and woke up out of a sound sleep and said outloud "OMG, Did I give that 1500 piggyback to the wrong pt??!!!" Was actually sweating and panicky, threw my covers off and went to look for the MAR /c tears in my eyes. You never saw a more relieved nsg student when I realized that (THANK GOD) it was just a dream.
  14. by   Zee_RN
    They're called "nurse-mares." I believe there's another thread on this board somewhere where many people have posted their recurrent "nurse-mares."

    Yes, I have had "nurse-mares." Usually it involves charting or meds. Something like I'm on my way home from work or finally at home and realize I didn't chart A WORD on any of my patients. Or didn't pass a single med. These dreams happened more when I was on med-surg than in ICU. When I started in med-surg I had a minimum of 9 patients and maximum of 18 if it were 3-11 or 11-7.

    However, just yesterday morning as I lay sleeping, dreaming about work (just regular dreaming thinking I was at work), my alarm clock went off...I reached over and picked up and tilted it backwards and then set it back down. Know what I was doing? I was emptying the urometer on a foley!! I "dumped" my alarm clock, lol! Took me a second to realize what I did. Then I shut the alarm off, lol. Did I think the "foley" was alarming?! God knows everything else does!

    Does anyone else get the little surge of adrenaline when they're at the grocery store and the PA system kicks on....the brief second before they actually say "price check" or whatever...like they're gonna annouce a code?! Happens to me every time.

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