Sweet Dreams, Baby! Tell us about your strange dreams r/t nursing - page 5

Nursing is nothing if not an intense occupation. Sometimes we dream about it. I just woke up horrified to discover that I had five out of seven patients that I never got a chance to look at or... Read More

  1. by   PrivateDuty
    I actually had this dream last week. I was working in the ER and went outside the bldg to get something. I looked up and saw a big jet coming right toward me and the bldg. All of a sudden the wheels fell off the jet and I flung myself to the ground knowing it was my time to die. The plane ran right over me (but somehow missed the bldg.) I don't remember feeling any pain in the dream, but I had to crawl back into the ER and tell them I had been run over by a plane. The MD put a pt. braclet on me and said when my shift was over he would admit me for 24 hr obs. No idea where this dream came from. I haven't worked in ER for over 10 years, but it was kinda funny after I woke up and got to thinking about it. Wonder if it's b/c most nurse managers do not believe there is any excuse for an absence? Maybe that's why I haven't called in sick in the last 3 years...:selfbonk:
  2. by   grace90
    Quote from geekgolightly
    I just had that same dream. I felt horrible and anxious in the dream when I realised that somehow it was 1600 and I had just done my first assessment and hadn't even passed meds. I kept thinking to myself, "how could this have happened? What was I doing??"

    I was so relieved when I woke up.

    I have dreams just like this, too, only in a nightshift setting. Seems to be a recurring theme in a lot of these posts.
  3. by   sphinx
    I'll have dreams that I am "helping out" at one of my former employers. Um yeah, right. I don't think so! lol!

    I've had a variety of dreams, but by far the weirdest:

    I dreamed I was emptying a foley, and the urine wasn't coming out, so I took the tubing and *syphoned* it out. Yeah, you know-with my mouth. Yack! Eeeuuww!
  4. by   cowpoke_rn
    I've had nightmares where I was awake and walking but I couldn't breathe on my own so I was put on a ventilator. Then my manager wanted me to come to work of the vent!!!
    I know....it's crazy.
  5. by   grace90
    My son got discharged from the peds unit this morning. Last night I slept by him in a recliner and I kept dreaming that he was septic and all the possible reasons for it, and in my sleep I was having all these conversations with his doctors about it.

    He wasn't septic, btw.
  6. by   rnin02
    I frequently dream that I am running late and can't call to tell them...either I can't find a phone, can't remember the number, something. And my other frequent dream is that I'm try to either catheterize myself or a patient (it varies) and I just can't do it. Then I will wake up and have to pee so bad!
  7. by   grace90
    When I was in nursing school, I had a dream that my daughter was sick and needed to be cathed, so I did it. We were in a hospital setting of some sort. In my dream I used a cath that was way too big of a french for a 4 yo girl and I really hurt her.
    I always kind of figured that it was about me worrying all the time that school was taking too much of a toll on my family.
  8. by   MIA-RN1
    I have the standard find-outabout-pt-at-end-of-shift dream a lot but recently, I've had a real run of dreams where I have twin boys and one I can care for and one I can't. Mostly the babies are born where I work and the one stays with me and the other goes to the special care nursery where he is cared for. Usually I am worried sick about both babies and torn between which one I should spend my time with..
    I realized recently that it symbolizes my desire to leave my current job, and how torn I feel.
    As soon as I accepted a new job, the dream stopped.
  9. by   olol765
    I used to dream about working in the hospital all the time. It was draining because not only did I work 12 hours a day but then I dreamt about it for 8 hours. I felt like I was always at work.
    I haven't worked in the hospital for 2 years now but I still dream about it. I still have nightmares about what I haven't done. I hope I make peace with that part of my life soon!!
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Dreamt I was working as usual, except that I had to have a tiger work with me during the shift. The tiger was not very docile, so I was trying to take care of my patients while trying to keep the tiger from eating all of us.

    Didn't sleep too well.
  11. by   cardsRN
    i recently dreamed that a large man i had taken care of for the weekend was falling out of bed head first and no one would help me. there i was, holding him by the shoulders, vent alarming, swan pulling out, trying to keep him from falling and all my co-workers outside the room going about their business. that is a fairy accurate dramatization of my unit though...
  12. by   grace90
    I had a dream that some kind of nasty crisis had hit my town, probably related to the Super Volcano show I'd been watching.
    People were flooding into the hospital and instead of the Operation Assembly we're supposed to follow, it was total chaos. I had a patient with chest pain and I had already tried to get the techs to come do an EKG and lab to draw blood but I wanted to tell the internal med doc what was going on. When he came up to the floor, in the midst of all the chaos, I tried to tell him what was going on with my pt. He looked me straight in the eye and said "Why?" "So you can get ready?". In the dream it was creepy because I knew he was saying that because everyone was gonna die.
  13. by   Nicky30
    I have a familiar theme to my dreams. I frequently dream that I am a patient in my hospital and that I need to fight another patient for a bed.

    One dream involved me being admitted to surgical ward because there were no beds left and I even had to carbolise and make my own bed because there were no nurses to do it.

    My most recent dream involved me haemorrhaging in the shower and passing a clot the size of a newborn child. I remember calling 000 (911) but have no idea how I got to the ER. Once in the ER I found a woman in my bed with my O2 and IV! I proceded to argue with her and kicked her out of my bed stating she had no business being here because she wasn't sick!

    Then I woke up.

    Sad thing is that I am on holidays at the moment and wish I could forget about work while I am away. Wish I could work out why I dream about being a patient when there are bed shortages???

    Nicky.

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