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  • 6:14 pm

    Quote from Davey Do
    Smoking pot in the nurses station.
    I had a dream that I got kicked out of nursing school just last night for having pot on me (not that I'm in nursing school yet, but still). I had a bag of it on me, mixed with cheerios for "the munchies," and then I stuffed it in a container of Fructis Surfer Hair Wax and tossed it. The school administration didn't find the pot, but they decided to do a drug test anyways and I was fervently trying to find a way to get someone else's urine.

    Then I woke up and thought, "Oh yeah, I don't smoke pot."

  • 1:13 pm

    The only one I had more than once was when I first became charge and I dreamed that I forgot to assign a patient for day shift and they died. A couple times I've run downstairs in the middle of the day to find a COW in my kitchen to pass meds to the patients (in my kitchen?). And the other night I took a nap on my break and had a dream my patient was in the middle of my kitchen floor. I checked on him when I got back from break and told him I was glad to see he wasn't on my kitchen floor- he thought it was pretty funny.

  • 1:12 pm

    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    I don't remember if I told this one on AN or not, but I once had a nightmare that I was walking down the hallway at work and one of our little tiny old ladies was shuffling slightly behind me. Suddenly, the lights went out and it was pitch black. I could see absolutely nothing. I stopped and frantically attempted to find the little old lady because I didn't want her to get hurt.

    I could feel that I was touching her and then I realize she has the fingers on both of my hands in her mouth and she is biting down hard. And not only could I sense enormous pain, I could also sense that she was something much more malevolent. I can see nothing but black.

    Terrified and in pain, I manage to reach my thumbs out to gouge her eyes and make her let go of my fingers... but I could feel this little old lady, this evil thing did not have any eye sockets! It had no face at all but the teeth biting off my fingers!

    I woke up trying to scream. My husband was all concerned and stuff, but when I got to the part where an old lady monster with no eyes was biting my fingers off, he could not stop laughing. Thanks, Honey.

    One more: I had a dream I was walking down the hall (again!) and that my night was so stressful, I could feel my heart racing, then becoming very irregular and then beginning to stop.

    As my heart began to stop, I began to pass out and fall to the floor. As I was going down to the floor, I thought, "This is it" and I guess I died, because I woke up at that point.
    This sounds like sleep apnea.

  • 1:11 pm

    I have been retired for about twelve years, the night mares have finally gone away. But I rememer being a young nurse and dreaming that my manager walked into my bedroom and demanded to know why I was sleeping when evey light was on down the hall. I actually jumped out of bed and ran down the hall trying to answer them. My husband chased me and woke me which I believe saved me from being hurt. Gives you some idea of the sever stress I was under as a new nurse. It has all been over for a while but I still thank God every night when I go to bed at 10pm instead of going to work.

  • 8:17 am

    My story is before nursing. I worked as an EKG tech and was performing a routine 12 lead ekg on a little 86 yr old lady. She was a double mastectomy, so it was fairly straight forward. After I completed the test, I started removing the ekg patches (round 3M type with metal snap in middle). Before I removed the last two, she said "Can you leave those two? I haven't had nipples since I was 26." I couldn't help laughing. Her request caught me off guard.

  • 8:16 am

    Oh, viva.....I could see me doing that

  • Feb 20

    I have three patients. It's 0645 and I'm getting ready to leave. I only ever saw two of my patients all night.

    I think this is the adult version of the "it's finals week and I never went to my calculus class (it's always a math class) and I have to pass to graduate" dream I had all through high school and college.

  • Feb 20

    My nightmares are usually about forgotten pts. End of shift and I discover a pt I have had for 12 hours but gave no care to.

    One very vivid nightmare I had many many years ago was I lost the med cart stocked full of meds and narcotics. I woke up, jumped out of bed and started running around my apartment trying to find that cart. Full panic mood. It was only when I opened my oven and looked in to se if the cart was there that I came to my senses and realized that I was at home and the cart was not missing.

  • Feb 20

    I've been out of nursing for several years, and out of med/surg nursing for far longer, but I keep having the same recurring dream that there's that one patient I didn't know I had and I ignore him (it's always a him) all shift. I'm always running up and down the hall like a chicken with its head cut off, never quite getting on top of things, and then the nurse manager comes down the hall for report and comes unglued because this poor guy hasn't been tended to all night. She berates me for neglecting him and I keep protesting that I didn't know he was my patient. The dream usually ends right there, but when I wake up I'm almost as tired as if I'd really worked that shift!

  • Feb 20

    Some of my dreams are so vivid they actually wake me up and I spend the first few moments wondering how I wound up in my bed if it was the middle of my shift.

    My most recent dream involved me trying to triage a child whose family did not speak English. All I could get out of them was that the kid was running a fever. I woke up and promptly roused my husband to ask him if he knew where my patient went so I could finish the triage. It took me about 30 seconds before I fully woke up and realized it was my night off. Scary thing was that I kept dreaming the same thing all night long and it always felt just as real as the first time I dreamt it.

  • Feb 20

    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    I don't remember if I told this one on AN or not, but I once had a nightmare that I was walking down the hallway at work and one of our little tiny old ladies was shuffling slightly behind me. Suddenly, the lights went out and it was pitch black. I could see absolutely nothing. I stopped and frantically attempted to find the little old lady because I didn't want her to get hurt.

    I could feel that I was touching her and then I realize she has the fingers on both of my hands in her mouth and she is biting down hard. And not only could I sense enormous pain, I could also sense that she was something much more malevolent. I can see nothing but black.

    Terrified and in pain, I manage to reach my thumbs out to gouge her eyes and make her let go of my fingers... but I could feel this little old lady, this evil thing did not have any eye sockets! It had no face at all but the teeth biting off my fingers!

    I woke up trying to scream. My husband was all concerned and stuff, but when I got to the part where a old lady monster with no eyes was biting my fingers off, he could not stop laughing. Thanks, Honey.

    One more: I had a dream I was walking down the hall (again!) and that my night was so stressful, I could feel my heart racing, then becoming very irregular and then beginning to stop.

    As my heart began to stop, I began to pass out and fall to the floor. As I was going down to the floor, I thought, "This is it" and I guess I died, because I woke up at that point.
    Well, that's a doozy. PTSD stinks. Take care doll.

  • Feb 20

    I can see the patient(s) in my dream that need my help but I can never get to them; doors close in my face right when I've almost reached them. Other patients that need me pop up in the way. I can't find the room. I'm in the wrong building. I'm constantly running frantically trying to find the patient. Awful feeling and I have these types of dreams pretty regularly.

  • Feb 20

    For me it's the one where I discover a whole bunch of patients at the end of the day that I have never laid eyes on all day and I have to explain why. Or the one where I find out all my patients are some building offsite, so I have to go out of the building to take care of them then I can't figure out how to get back in.

  • Feb 20

    Quote from TheMoonisMyLantern
    I have 2 recurring nightmares. One is where I make it to the end of the shift and have forgotten about a patient and haven't seen them all night. The other is where I'm at the nurses station and I have all this work to do but I keep falling asleep. I always wake up very stressed with both if these dreams.
    I have the first one with the addition of I cannot locate their room. And then there's the one where I have to pee and the bathroom is out of order and I am trying to climb over the bedpan hopper thing...

  • Feb 20

    Quote from cardiacfreak
    Are there any dream interpreters on AN?
    From what I understand, cardiacfreak, we are the best interpreters of our dreams. The way in which you feel toward and object or person in your dream can tell you what your subconscious is attempting with which to deal.

    When we dream of others, that individual is a representation of a certain part of our personality.

    And, of course, situations in dreams are symbolic to real life circumstances.


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