So, what's your minimum "good shift" standard? - page 2

I'm a pretty new RN, had to float to another unit for nightshift last night (our census was low on the home turf). So, after reporting off, finishing up, know that everyone was breathing and that a... Read More

  1. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I work in LTC and my idea of a great shift is no four letter words " fall ".
  2. by   silverbat
    a great shift is when no one died or got worse because of something I did, or did not do!!
  3. by   Meriwhen
    To me, it's a good shift if no codes were called. Even if I'm dragging myself home four hours late, as long as no one died or needed to be restrained, I've won.
  4. by   That Guy
    Everyone is breathing when I leave. Im a simple man
  5. by   SCnurse2010
    Quote from Diffindo_lumos
    A good shift is when nothing eventful happened, and **** didn't hit the fan.
    Or the floor!!! (been there night before last...yuck)I have to agree that the one thing that can really make all the difference is the group I'm working with.
  6. by   Flare
    when i'm at the hospital a good shift:
    There is enough staff to cover the floors

    No one calls out

    No one calls with a weird request that i have no idea how to respond to

    Dr Imaflamingdonkeybutt may have called to book the or, but understands that I don't have the or team sitting in my office drinking Earl Grey with me.

    The ER and the floors aren't bickering over how quickly the patients are getting admitted to the floors

    Everyone is smiling

    I've left it nice for the next person
  7. by   nursefrances
    Quote from tokmom
    A good day is doing education on a new CHF or diabetic and they get it. That I had the time to sit and do a good quality education without being called on vocera.

    Ugh!! You have Vocera too?? We just got them a month ago at our hospital and we hate them (most of the time). By the end of the day we are yelling at our Voceras "No!"....."Cancel". Sometimes I say "you're fired!!" and I grab a real phone to call pharmacy (I wanted pharmacy..not Phong Lee). At lunch we have to hold our lunch buddy's vocera too and there are times, usually when starting an IV of course when both voceras are asking if I can take a phone call at the same time. So much fun.

    I agree with most of the comments I have read. For me: of course safe, breathing patients at the end of the shift. All families have had all their questions answered,patients understand education, all documentation done timely and accurately.
    My all time wish is to be at the time clock with lunch box and keys in hand at 7:25. It has only happened probably 4 times in 3 years but this is always my goal. I used to stress out when I wan't clocking out by 7:30 or 7:35, now if its 7:44 oh well....close enough. I never understand how some nurses are done with everything at like 6pm and they are chatting at the nurses station or just sitting there looking at the hangnail on their hand. How do they do it?? It's a mystery to me.

    On the other hand these are things that usually happens in the last 20 minutes of shift(especially when I think I am going to actually leave on time that day):

    Grand mal seizure at 6:50, family wants patient to have a bath now or get changed, IV infiltrates, low blood sugar/high blood sugar, "where's my Dilaudid?", the direct admit for altered level of consiousness rolling in the door that no one told me was coming (that's a fun one). Sorry....needed to vent. :spin:
  8. by   nguyency77
    As a CNA, I would say my shift is good if:

    1) The shift I happened to be working isn't right after certain messy coworkers.

    2) I finish half an hour before my shift is supposed to end-- every patient is in bed, content, clean, and full.

    3) All of my ADL charts are finished. Sometimes my coworkers chart their stuff on the wrong shift column (charting ADL for that morning but writing in the "Evening" boxes) and it drives me nuts.

    4) Trash has been emptied.

    5) No call lights.

    6) Showers are completed and charted.

    7) Vital signs all done.