Before I became a nurse, my involvement in codes was very limited. Usually just help move the pt to ICU afterwards, but occassionally peripherally involved in help those actually doing the code. Once I just had a co-worker get me an empty sharps box and assigned myself to collect sharps, since the sharps box in the room was far from the bed.
In those days, codes were pretty interesting, but I was pretty detached. I did understand, though, when a nurse I like remarked after one: "Sometimes I enjoy a good code."
As a nurse, I've had one patient code, and one who had to be cardioverted from severe A-fib. I hated it. The cardioversion was successful, and I did what I could to assist, but all I really wanted to do was hide in the med room and let the "grown-ups" handle it. Scared the crap out of me, and it was a patient I had really gotten close to.
The code was worse. Pt revived, but later taken off life-support in ICU. As primary nurse, I started the code, but soon after the team arrived, I was sent to call report to the ICU. It took days for the code team to arrive, which is odd, because they are amazingly quick.
So, I do understand how you feel, but can't say I feel the same. I just love a shift where everything goes as expected and all God's children are safe in their beds.
I frequently work in our epilepsy unit, where patients hope to have their typical seizures so we can record them for diagnosis. It can be a kind of boring assignment, since a lot of the patients aren't very sick, other than the seizure disorder. It can be frustrating, since it's a lot like taking your car to the garage for a funny noise--they can seize every day for a month, then go a week at the hospital, off meds, with no activity.
Even so, I've been known to tell those with a good sense of humor about it that there's no shame if they want to wait to seize on day shift.