How to tell you've worked too many shifts in a row - page 5

You reprogram the telemetry monitors and now have Mario scrambling over the QRS complexes and hopping over the P waves for extra credit Your patient bradys down from a steady sinus tach to the 30's,... Read More

  1. Visit  franciscangypsy profile page
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    Most I've ever worked in a row (12 hr shifts) was 6. Never, ever again. I was so tired, if a pt had coded I'd have probably handed them the ambu bag and said, "well you wanted to do this, worked hard for, so you can just ventilate yourself...."
    Shudder. I don't like working three in a row. After I had two nights working, then one off, and then three on -- with the worst pt load I'd had in awhile -- I couldn't muster enough energy to have sympathy for my (remaining) dying patient. And I dreamed about work all six of the days. It was horrible. I felt like a horrible, uncaring nurse. Never again. Not if I can help it.
    tiredstudentmom likes this.
  2. Visit  diawc profile page
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    you know you've worked too many....

    When you wake up in the afternoon, yell at the kids (who just got home from school) to get to bed right away because its way past their bedtime.....and not even remember the conversation
  3. Visit  Poi Dog profile page
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    When you drive by a pasture with cows and tell yourself you bet that the grass is super soft and would make a nice bed.
    uRNmyway, finn55, rzookrn, and 7 others like this.
  4. Visit  RN Student 55367 profile page
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    1. You reprogram the telemetry monitors and now have Mario scrambling over the QRS complexes and hopping over the P waves for extra credit
    2. Your patient bradys down from a steady sinus tach to the 30's, and you run up the hallway yelling, "oh, hell no you are not making me fill out all that paperwork this late in the shift!"
    3. Your coworker trips and falls running to the same code, and all you can think is, "great, I'll end up with 2 of her pts when she goes to the ER."
    4. You are hauling your now dead pt to the morgue, your coworker's went to the ER, leaving 2 nurses on the floor with 28 patients, and you hear another code go off for your floor, and you jump out of the elevator and run...leaving the corpse in the elevator as a present for the next person who pushes the button....
    5. You have a conversation with the admin rep that sounds like this...."I lost my patient...no, I mean really lost them....no, they were dead, they can't find their way back to the unit...."
    6. When you hear a scream, you know someone found your deceased patient.
    #6, that is sooo wrong. LOL
  5. Visit  beckster_01 profile page
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    You start walking down the 7 flights of stairs to go home and wonder (briefly) if you are going in the right direction...
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  6. Visit  Poi Dog profile page
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    When you grab a facial wipe for your face and realize that it is a Clorox wipe and not a Pond's one...
    uRNmyway, MLMRN1120, Cassie_Flip, and 2 others like this.
  7. Visit  LaylaHendrix23 profile page
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    When you clock out and then get half way down the hall and ask yourself, "did I clock out?" Then you turn around to go clock out and get halfway back down the hall you realize...oh I did clock out..oops!

    Then when you turn around to walk back down the hall and leave you stop dead in your tracks and ask yourself AGAIN..."did I clock out?" After standing there for a few seconds I finally remembered clocking out and could go home.

    I literally did this the other morning!! Too many night shifts! It sounds pretty confusing..but thats how I felt, very confused!!! lol
  8. Visit  ~Mi Vida Loca~RN profile page
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    1. You reprogram the telemetry monitors and now have Mario scrambling over the QRS complexes and hopping over the P waves for extra credit
    2. Your patient bradys down from a steady sinus tach to the 30's, and you run up the hallway yelling, "oh, hell no you are not making me fill out all that paperwork this late in the shift!"
    3. Your coworker trips and falls running to the same code, and all you can think is, "great, I'll end up with 2 of her pts when she goes to the ER."
    4. You are hauling your now dead pt to the morgue, your coworker's went to the ER, leaving 2 nurses on the floor with 28 patients, and you hear another code go off for your floor, and you jump out of the elevator and run...leaving the corpse in the elevator as a present for the next person who pushes the button....
    5. You have a conversation with the admin rep that sounds like this...."I lost my patient...no, I mean really lost them....no, they were dead, they can't find their way back to the unit...."
    6. When you hear a scream, you know someone found your deceased patient.

    I should NOT be laughing at your last 3 but man tears are flowing. I think I am a weee bit tired myself.
    jalyc RN likes this.
  9. Visit  beckster_01 profile page
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    Quote from LaylaHendrix23
    When you clock out and then get half way down the hall and ask yourself, "did I clock out?" Then you turn around to go clock out and get halfway back down the hall you realize...oh I did clock out..oops!

    Then when you turn around to walk back down the hall and leave you stop dead in your tracks and ask yourself AGAIN..."did I clock out?" After standing there for a few seconds I finally remembered clocking out and could go home.
    ALL the time...lol. But I'm already known for wandering the unit looking lost, going to do something then forgetting what I was going to do 5 seconds later, so its nothing out of the ordinary
  10. Visit  Poi Dog profile page
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    When you choose having to sleep over having sex
  11. Visit  knittingfan283 profile page
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    1. When you wash your body with shampoo and wash your hair with body wash.
    2. When you walk past the time clock and think "did I clock out? I don't care, i'll just write the time I left when I come back."
    3. you walk into the door even though you saw that it was in front of you and say out loud, "where the heck did that door come from?"
    4. your spouse tells you that you kept pressing his forehead and muttering "why won't this @#$$%^ thing stop beeping" while sleeping
    5. you dream you're at work and charting and when you wake up in the dream you're at work and you have been caught sleeping on the job and are gainfully unemployed. Then you wake up all the way and you're in your bed at home, so you've not been fired; just had a terrible night mare.
  12. Visit  ghostchili profile page
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    i'm currently on night 8 of 8 (doing 12-hr shifts) and i don't even feel like i can do anything *but* work. i think i've had 4 nights off in the past month, and i never know what to do with myself if i'm off...i end up coming in to work for a couple hours in the middle of the night just to bring my working coworkers food and just hang out. :/
  13. Visit  RNJill profile page
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    1.) You warn people that if they want you to do anything fun with them now that you're off work, they can't let you "just sit down for a minute" or you'll never make it back up!

    2.) You had a dream that you were running around the city you live in with your charge nurse, both of you frantically trying to avoid being late for your shift

    3.) Absolutely NOTHING around you can beep/alarm in any way

    4) You end conversations with people by asking, "Is there anything else I can do for you?"

    5) You look forward to having an adequate intake/output now that you are away from the madness of the floor =)
    Poi Dog and turnforthenurseRN like this.

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