Post-traumatic nurse disorder ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  1. post traumatic nurse disorder/ or sleep deprived, you choose which…

    i really had a freaky situation happen to me when i first began working. i’m a nurse now, however earlier before officially starting nursing school i became a nurse assistant. now right after getting my certificate i began working at a rehab hospital and in a step down unit at a community hospital. unwittingly, i set myself up for working way too many hours of seeing things i’d not seen before (blood, feces mix --confused, multiple lines, dying or confused pts,get the picture, all of this new to me).
    o.k. one night i found myself awake in my living room at home in the dark unawares (not knowing if i‘d been sleeping, just awake)…now i thought i was in the hospital (step down unit!)…looked to my right and saw the red lcd of the clock radio at the side of the living room’s sofa and thought to myself…spo2 monitor, someone’s resting, don’t’ disturb that pt!…and then went into the hallway looked in on a “patient’s room" (our guest room) and thought patient’s sleeping can’t disturb this one lol and back tracked to enter the “nurses station” (our restroom). now i just stood there and realized something was missing…maybe light, ‘cause i worked days? no! my mind told my semi - awake traumatized self o.k. if this is the nurses station, let’s see with our hands…hand to my left = toilet, hand to my middle = sink. this is not the damn hospital, and this is not saigon lol…anyway…have any of you folks suffered such awful disorienting stuff since you’ve been the nurse?!!
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Feb 14, '07
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  3. by   muffie
    on vacation, 500 miles from home, 2 codes going on simultaneously in my nightmare

    ackkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. by   Altra
    Recently I was in the daily morning process of trying to outwit the snooze alarm. I said to myself in my head, "MLOS, you have to open your eyes." Then I fell back asleep again, and dreamed of hearing various coworkers' voices saying, "MLOS, open your eyes! Squeeze my hand! Lift this leg up off the bed!" I was undergoing my own neuro exam in my sleep ...

    Very disorienting ... definite post-traumatic nurse disorder! :chuckle
  5. by   galenight
    When I was first a nurse, I would hear the IVs beeping in my sleep. A couple times I got up as if to go silence them and realized mid stride that I was home and it was night time and I dreamt the sound.

    More recently, I've been having vivid dreams involving my coworkers. Nothing inappropriate, or even medical, just bizarre. I think I'm just spending too much time with them...lol
  6. by   caliotter3
    I've had interesting nightmares and night terrors, many associated with the fact that I have been the victim of assault, battery, etc. directly r/t my job in nrsg. I can't say anymore b/c the mods will remove my post. You can't talk about such matters on this site.
  7. by   burn out
    the most I've had is waking up and not knowing if it is day or night , or if I am late for work or even suppose to be at work. One time I dreamed that I was on the toilet and peed the bed though .
  8. by   lovingtheunloved
    Oh yeah...and I'm not even a nurse yet. After one particularly vivid dream it took nearly 30 minutes to convince myself that I had in fact NOT stolen a '79 Winnebago from the scene of an accident and that my boss was not a police officer who was going to haul me off to the locked unit.
  9. by   kidznurse
    I lie awake at night worrying about clinical decisions I've made in the community , was it the treatment , will that mum cope with the NG Ive just inserted etc. When I worked in hospitals I could ring the staff on shift and get them to check, but now I lie awake til am and can't wait to get to work and ring the client or get some advice from a specialist.
  10. by   CaLLaCoDe
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    Quote from muffie
    on vacation, 500 miles from home, 2 codes going on simultaneously in my nightmare
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    [font=book antiqua]i was pondering to myself, there must be a solution, cure to this misery of post traumatic nurse disorder. now my thought that a little rest on a far off island would be swell, well that too has been blown asunder with this muffie post!
    [font=book antiqua]aagh!
  11. by   GardenDove
    Quote from MLOS
    Recently I was in the daily morning process of trying to outwit the snooze alarm. I said to myself in my head, "MLOS, you have to open your eyes." Then I fell back asleep again, and dreamed of hearing various coworkers' voices saying, "MLOS, open your eyes! Squeeze my hand! Lift this leg up off the bed!" I was undergoing my own neuro exam in my sleep ...

    Very disorienting ... definite post-traumatic nurse disorder! :chuckle
  12. by   GardenDove
    I've had numerous incidents. Recently had a whole slew of dreams where people I knew were being diagnosed as terminally ill.
  13. by   RNOTODAY
    Yes. When I was first a cna, at a nursing home, I would wake up frequently during sleep and be in a panic, thinking I am at work, picked an empty bed and fell asleep, and all my patients were being neglected/unsupervised/fell/soiled and sitting in it. It was terrible.... It happened all the time....
  14. by   Antikigirl
    Oh my...if I could get the sound of beeping IV's and Tele alarms out of my head...I would sleep better! LOL! I swear I hear them all the time at home! My coffee maker makes a sound like an IV going off, cel phones ringing set me on alert..the whole bit!

    Funniest yet, my cockatiel is making a sound very much like our fire alarm (at work), and I find myself looking to close doors fast before I catch myself saying "Triage..you are at home doofus!". LOL!!!!!!! All hours of the night too! Darn bird! LOL!

    Another one for me is the looking at people's veins when I talk to them looking for a good IV access! LOL! Or even JVD on necks! Holly cow...someone get this stuff out of my head when I am not at work!

    Somedays I do long for the nice ignorant bliss I once had before nursing! LOL!!!!!!!

    Oh btw...several of my MD's are saying there will be a dx soon and comming for 'healthcare giver fatigue', and it will be covered by insurance! It is for these very things we are talking about, the susequent depressions or anxiety while we are at home and work. About time someone figured it out...we are stressed to the max!
    Last edit by Antikigirl on Feb 14, '07

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