Sweet Dreams, Baby! Tell us about your strange dreams r/t nursing - page 6

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   ElvishDNP
    Once I had a dream that I had a home birth (would love to) and that one of the L/D nurses from my facility came and brought me fried shrimp and broccoli.

    Similar dream, with a different L/D nurse catching the baby this time, a little girl who weighed 12 lbs and no tears.

    Once I dreamed that I had meds to give a baby in the nursery and he was right across the room but I couldn't get to him cause people kept standing in my way. Made me so freaking mad.

    Often I dream that I'm working 12 hours and about halfway through my shift realize that I have yet to assess one of my patients.
  2. by   Medic2RN
    I had a recent dream that I was home sleeping when a doctor called my house in the middle of the night and starting barking orders over the phone. I jumped up and wrote them all down and clarified them until I realized that I wasn't on shift and told him that. He got really angry and told me to carry them out anyway then hung up. I had no idea who the patient was.

    I really hate it when they call me at home!!
  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    I dreamed much more frequently about nursing when I worked Med/Surg. It was always the same type of dream. Either I kept getting so side tracked that I couldn't get to work until half the shift was over or I'd get home and realize I hadn't given any meds all day.

    In HH they were more like nightmares because I'd relive getting lost all the time when I was working out of Nashville. The interstates went together like a plate of spaghetti noodles. Then doing HH in my own town in the rural areas those dreams stopped.

    In Radiology I have pleasant dreams.
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Medic2RN
    I had a recent dream that I was home sleeping when a doctor called my house in the middle of the night and starting barking orders over the phone. I jumped up and wrote them all down and clarified them until I realized that I wasn't on shift and told him that. He got really angry and told me to carry them out anyway then hung up. I had no idea who the patient was.

    I really hate it when they call me at home!!
    I had that happen to me once. A doctor (the feared one) called me late at night at home and chewed me out about a patient and had a gazillion questions about the patients meds that day. When I finally got a word in edgewise I explained that I'd been off for 4 days. Goodnight doctor. He never mentioned it.
  5. by   HeartsOpenWide
    I had a strange dream last night kinda related to nursing. I am waiting to have children until I am done with school, my husband on the other hand would love to have kids right now. Anyway, I dreamt that my husband was tired of waiting for me to finish school so he got one of his sperm and another woman's egg and impregnated himself like in that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Junior" and I was too busy with nursing school to notice until I walked in on him getting a
    c-section......yeah weird.
  6. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    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 assess for the entire shift!

    So glad THAT's never happened in real life, but it's 0530 and there's no way I'm gonna be able to sleep.




    How often do you dream about your job?
    There you have it, my standard nursing anxiety dream

    I had one just the other day. I knew I was sleeping, and my ICU was in our living room and no one was minding the patients while I slept. That was a new twist on the above theme.

    I alse dream of scenarios where some of my coworkers play roles. :trout:
  7. by   MIA-RN
    I dreamed the other night that I was a nurse caring for a mother and her newborn baby who was about 4" long but full term. The mother went out for a cigarette and I had to carry the baby.
    I was horrified to look down and see that not only did I have a saline-lock in my arm (the kind with the stop cock) but also that the teeny little baby was stuck to the tegaderm!
    The mother came back and told me that she knew how to get the baby off the tegaderm and yanked the baby off my arm. Which turned the stopcock and I immediately began hemorrhaging. I remember watching the tubing fly around like a firehose, shooting my blood all over. Everyone ran out of the room and someone came in and said I needed oxygen. They put a rebreather mask on my face but it didnt work, somehow there was no way for the o2 to get in and I was suffocating, meanwhile I was feeling my blood on my face.
    Terrible dream, that one.
    Usually I just dream that I have gotten to the end of my shift and am giving report when I realize that I had a patient that I didn't know about, and didn't see the whole time.
  8. by   misschelei
    Quote from jlsRN
    There you have it, my standard nursing anxiety dream

    I had one just the other day. I knew I was sleeping, and my ICU was in our living room and no one was minding the patients while I slept. That was a new twist on the above theme.

    I alse dream of scenarios where some of my coworkers play roles. :trout:


    That is hilarious!! I have that same dream in different variations. Once I dreamed that I was taking care of the wrong list of patients on the board so they all got double medicated and my actual group got ignored for 12 hours.
  9. by   jbp0529
    Worst dream I've had involved all the nurses on my unit calling in sick except myself, and I had to care for all 18 patients.

    Another involved more than 1 patient coding at the same time (and one time this actually happened to me in real life).
  10. by   TennNurse
    My last job, I worked 11a-11p, 12 of the most hectic hours in the ER. Frequently I'd get home near midnight, get to bed around 200a, and start dreaming that I still had my patients, but since I was home in bed, I had no way of obtaining lab results, or MD orders, and panicking about how i was supposed to take care of them from home. I'd wake up fully in the kitchen, phone in hand, about to call the ER to ask if so-and-so's results have come back, and can I medicate for this or that.

    My husband (who gets up at insane hours like 430a) will frequently reheat his coffee in the microwave, and more than once, after hearing that monotonous tone, I've stumbled into the den from bed and asked which bed was alarming. Then I'd freak out because I couldn't find the monitor and see where I needed to go. He eventually grew used to this and would wake me up and gently remind me that I was home, other people were at the hospital taking care of these people, and I could go back to bed.

    Since I switched back to agency ER, I have dreamed about work very little. But for those 3 years that I spent 40+ hours a week between the hours of 11 and 11, I dreamed about work almost every night, or at least a non-work scenario that was populated by fellow employees.
  11. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Not directly nursing related but medical field. I was having surgery a few days later.


    I was in the OR, on the table. I had the anesthesia mask on. Some female (anesthesia or nurse maybe) was saying "Blow up the bubble Blow up the bubble" since I had bubble gum flavored gas. Then a male (prob a nurse) said "Let me hold your hand" and grabbed my hand.

    I had the same dream as I was going to sleep for the surgery, unless it actually happened.
  12. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from sirI
    I don't dream about the job like I used to.

    In fact, when I do, they are nightmares.

    My most vivid one involved a student.

    I was the instructor for a nursing program in another city from where I am now. This particular student was very difficult and was on the "strange" side. One night I had a horrible nightmare about said student. I was walking in a parking lot and kept hearing someone behind me. I started to walk faster and faster. Kept hearing footsteps coming from behind; I would glance over my shoulder only to see shadows. I finally became so ****htened that I stopped and knelt down behind a car. Then, the footsteps ceased. I was lying underneath a car. I could see someone coming towards me and realized they were bending down to look under that car. This student bent down .....looked me in the eyes and said, "I'm going to kill you". I saw the blade coming towards me and I woke up.

    I was always a little leery of that student from then on.......

    That is scary. Wow.
  13. by   danissa
    I often have dreams about the babies, after there has been a bad experience. It's then I have screaming night terrors.....not a pleasant experience for the hubs and kiddos!. Me...I am a bit oblivious, cry myself back to sleep, whilst their hearts are going ten to the dozen!!
    Just this am, I had a bad terror, as usual it involved babies, was aware I was screaming, but calmed quickly back to sleep whilst the DH cuddled me(his account, I dont recall).

    Dang this mind, for not switchin off!!!

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