Sat.night, Holiday weekend AND it's a full moon!

  1. I was curious about the full moon and the patients or residents becoming alittle more restless, alot cRazIeR perhaps, more women in labor, more ER L0OnIeS showing up or anything else out of the ordinary. Oh, and it's the holiday weekend...We should all be running our buns off tonight!

    At the VA, the residents do seem to be more restless, alot CrAzIeR and more prns are given out for {{{agitation/aggressive}}} behavior because alternatives just don't seem to work at his time. How about your patients/residents, any increase in behavioral problems?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   tonchitoRN
    I do believe in the full moon making people more crazy. I know my young 'uns are more hyper and irritable when the moon is full.
  4. by   suzannasue
    Yes,Night Owl,there is definitely a difference in the behavior of all pts and staff when there is a full moon. And for a full moon to co-incide with a holiday weekend,we are definitely gonna have a "festival of the moon" until the great glowing globe begins to wane and "normalcy"(?) returns!!!!!!!
  5. by   dazedandconfused
    All the patients on my unit, young and older, get a little crazier. I hate working those few days. We are constantly running our butts off as it is, but when the moon is full...... I don't even want to think about it. I am glad that I am off this weekend.
  6. by   bagladyrn
    YES! Have spent most of my career working in psych and ob. I definitely makes a difference. Makes me glad I don't work ER. The only thing worse in OB is if you combine the full moon with a major storm coming through. The drop in the barometric pressure really brings those babies on.
  7. by   Zee_RN
    Heh, even my kids know that! If I'm at home with my family and we look outside and see a full moon, my kids will say to me, "Gee, Mom, aren't you glad you're not at work tonight!" To which I heartily agree!
  8. by   Jen S
    There is a definite differance when there is a full moon. Th ER gets pretty interesting at that time
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Luck of the draw this is my last holiday WE to work. Friday is our busiest day of the week. We were quiet for 1 hour on Friday afternoon..said to the boss "Well, I'll be busy Saturday."

    Certainly jinked myself. Starting time 8 AM. STAT Computer system wouldn't start-up...called system administrater no response over 1 hr...called IT, they had to call guy in...arrived 11:35 AM, only to be unable get system up without network passwords.

    Meantime, 1 st patient call at 8:10 AM " I've been calling for 1 and 1/2 hrs, where's my nurse"---turfed him to nursing supervisor, pleasantly. Next caller was on-call insurance nurse calling from her home. A patient had called in to member services stating he needed a nurse cause his nurse was off Monday-couldn't give his address, just town and phone number and his nurse was Linda. Is he an active patient of ours??? Vaguely remembered patient as long term wound client ( from doing plan of care review eons age), seen ONLY by 1 RN cause he is in outskirt of agency territory only she covers.

    Asked Nursing supervisor to check in filed chart drawer for patient info....no chart. Checked RN supervisor for nurses patient roster...no roster for Linda in the book. Now spent 30 min trying to verify patient ours and if he is open to service all cause computer down. No weekly log is printed cause agency has over a thousand patients receiving services....average 800 referrals a month, so not paper log even to check. Finally told supervisor to call RN at home and check put if she's still seeing client---course supervisor didn't know what to ak RN, so handed me phone. She shares wound care with HHA from ANOTHER agency; FORGOT that monday was a holiday and aide isn't working, never asked for staff to be assigned to client but agreed to see patient...called back to insurance---problem solved.

    Hospital discharge planners and patients kept calling re needing home care services, was referral already made??? THANK GOD we keep list of referrals , so most callers hamdled easily. Finally my boss calls at 12 noon and gives me permission to call administrative secretary for network guys tele # (he wouldn't give it to my boss on friday, wait til administration hear's that one)...network administrator calls back ONE minute later, now 12:30----- both computer guys talk, finally get computer service back at 2PM.

    THen, I get last minute call at 3:55 PM when we close at 4PM....finally leave office at 5:35 PM after veryfing all patients insurance active on my seventeen referrals.....later that night while driving home from the grocery store , I see FULL MOON.

    I DOUBLE WHAMMED myself! LOLROTF. Also, have husband at home with pain from kidney stone trying to pass. That's how my weekend is going.

    PS: Sunday was much better, left 5 min early.
  10. by   JennieBSN
    Originally posted by bagladyrn
    YES! Have spent most of my career working in psych and ob. I definitely makes a difference. Makes me glad I don't work ER. The only thing worse in OB is if you combine the full moon with a major storm coming through. The drop in the barometric pressure really brings those babies on.
    UGH!! TOTALLY!! Barometric pressure gets us more than the moon...but if you slap those two together, LOOK OUT. L&D will be a DISASTER AREA. The week that that *@#!! tropical storm hovered near the NC coast was HORRIBLE...I wanted to SCREAM!! We were absolutely up to our armpits in placenta.

    With the full moon, huge rainstorms in my area, AND the holiday weekend (I'd swear overeating and indigestion brings on labor...), I was SOOOOO glad I had the weekend off!!! Bleah! I'm sure the unit will look like hell when I come back.

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