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What to do after a rough shift?

  1. 13 What do you do after a rough shift? Have fun with the girls? Eat chocolate? Or, do you just go straight to bed?

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  3. Visit  BSNbeDONE profile page
    After a rough shift, I **** and gripe and SWEAR that I will never set foot into the hospital again. Then I go home, shower, and start ironing my uniform for the next shift....been my routine for nearly 30 years!! What's the definition of insanity again?
    Last edit by Esme12 on May 4, '13 : Reason: TOS
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  4. Visit  daisy-mae profile page
    After a really bad shift, which have been more frequent due to staffing shortages, I drive the long way home. Sometimes that helps clear out my head.
  5. Visit  SNB1014 profile page
    wine. 11% pink moscato, to be exact!
    (duh only if i have the next day off )
  6. Visit  joanna73 profile page
    I take a bath, watch tv and eat some junk. Chips, chocolate, fries...whatever I want.
    RNkw, HeySis, FranEMTnurse, and 4 others like this.
  7. Visit  C-lion profile page
    Yep, I usually call someone who understands to vent. Then I go camp out on my couch with some food and Hulu. In the future I think I am going to go get a foot massage at the mall...the past week I was on my feet for the majority of each shift, and formulated a plan
    jrsRN07, 1feistymama, joanna73, and 2 others like this.
  8. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    After liver rounds with my co-workers....a nice long HOT bath in my whirlpool tub with scented candles and a BIG glass of wine
    jrsRN07, 1feistymama, VivaLasViejas, and 6 others like this.
  9. Visit  turnforthenurse profile page

    Or a nice big glass of wine. Or going out with my coworkers in the AM for some kegs n' eggs or breakfast tacos and margaritas.
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  10. Visit  grandpaj profile page
    Breakfast with a friend who also just finished working a night shift helps sometimes. As does getting breakfast on the way home and taking a nice, long bath before going to bed. I still swear after every bad shift that I'm going to look for a new job, but so far I haven't applied for one yet...
    jrsRN07, Ir15hd4nc3r_RN, and KitkatPRN like this.
  11. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
    The minute I am in my car and away from the facility, I scream and swear at the top of my lungs. I tell everyone off who upset me. I call them all horrible names and tell them what I would like to do to them if I ever caught them alone.
  12. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
    I write. I sit down and write for at least 20 minutes, and try to get all of my feelings out on the computer screen rather than yelling at the unintelligent, uninformed and uncooperative individual who really needs to pull their head out of their anal sphincter. And then if I'm still upset, I talk to my husband, who works in the same hospital and knows the same people. Sometimes it's entertaining to go back months or years later and read what I've written.
    joanna73, FranEMTnurse, jrsRN07, and 8 others like this.
  13. Visit  smartypantsnurse profile page
    Chocolate, hot shower, a good meal and a long walk with the handsome pup in the picture.
  14. Visit  Staragate profile page
    Chocolate milkshake.
    prnqday likes this.