How to tell you've worked too many shifts in a row - page 6
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0Aug 15, '11 by AeternaA co-worker and friend of mine actually came to work with her scrub top on backwards and wearing different shoes on each foot! LOL She said it was because she was working too much.
Or this gem from one of my non-nurse friends, who wrote something like this to me on Facebook: If you're not buzzing around the hospital like a hummingbird and trying to suck nectar out of your patients' heads, then you haven't been working too many shifts.
I told her I was nearly at that point, LOL
Although for me, I've stood by my apartment's elevator and dreaded going in because I thought I was entering the hospital elevator xD
To be truthful, though, I don't like working more than 3 in a row. I've done 4 in a row before and I thought I'd die by the fourth shift! I also promised myself way back in high school not to over exert myself because I've been there, done that, and it isn't pretty.
3Aug 15, '11 by LaterAlligatorI was taking a nap on the couch & my husband kept trying to wake me up, so I mumbled something to him about how I'd find his caregiver to help him. Ha ha, it was obviously a long week at the dementia unit for me! I didn't come fully awake until he told me he was sick & running a fever, poor guy. Then I woke up real quick & asked what the temp was, patting my pockets for a nonexistent pen. Sheesh.
0Aug 15, '11 by teeniebertQuote from RNJill1.) 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!
3Aug 31, '11 by Poi DogYou spend more time in your car then you do at home.
Your laundry consists mainly of scrubs.
Your laundry pile is higher than Mt. Everest.
You find that you cannot sleep because you are always revved up.
You keep a blanket in your car.
4Sep 1, '11 by dynoboyWhen you have to think when someone says "If you say gullible really slow it sounds like ORANGE!" Dang it was a long night.
2Sep 2, '11 by uptoolateagainWhen you look at the orders for your migraine pt with a caffeine drip and wonder if pharmacy can make you one too!
When you get to work and realize your socks are two different colors.
When you park in the parking garage, and after your shift is done you calculate the difference in distance between taking the stairs or riding the elevator, and then realize you parked on the first level!
When you leave the hospital, and then realize you parked in the parking lot that is on the other side of the building!
1Sep 2, '11 by Iri5hd4nc3r_RNNo. 17 - "it's usually the bra that doesn't make it". <- LOL have actually done that once... in nursing school O.o
5Sep 2, '11 by beckster_01, BSN, RNQuote from dynoboyWhen you have to think when someone says "If you say gullible really slow it sounds like ORANGE!" Dang it was a long night.
When you read the above post and sound out "oooorrraaanngeee" in your head before you realize that not only was it a joke, but you got it backwards too
3Sep 6, '11 by tcvnurse, BSN, RNYou know you have worked too many in a row when you hoof it to the parking lot across from the hospital, pass through the walkway into the STAFF parking garage. You then wander up and down the aisles looking for your car, only to come to the conclusion it must have been stolen!
You flag down the cute and unsuspecting security guard to report the theft. After filling out paperwork for a few minutes, he mentions that it's Monday, and all of the sudden it hits you.
You actually parked at the off site parking lot. (You only get to park at the garage on weekends.)
Of course, having finally realized what day it is, you also realize you have missed the last shuttle bus to the offsite lot, and start crying at having to wait any longer to get home.
10Sep 6, '11 by Pepper The Cat, BSN, RNWhen you pull up your cat's insulin dose and then look over your shoulder for a co-worker to double check it. Then you realize you live alone, so you show the cat the insulin to double check the dose. (cat, natuarlly dose what he always does at insulin time, runs away).
4Sep 6, '11 by Poi DogYou spend 5 minutes getting ready for work on your day off before realizing that you are off. You don't believe that you are off and then spend another 15 minutes scrutinizing your schedule. BP rises steadily...
2Sep 6, '11 by Ruby Vee, BSN, RNQuote from tcvnurseoh, gods! i thought i was the only person who ever did this. worse, i've done it more than once.you know you have worked too many in a row when you hoof it to the parking lot across from the hospital, pass through the walkway into the staff parking garage. you then wander up and down the aisles looking for your car, only to come to the conclusion it must have been stolen!
you flag down the cute and unsuspecting security guard to report the theft. after filling out paperwork for a few minutes, he mentions that it's monday, and all of the sudden it hits you.
you actually parked at the off site parking lot. (you only get to park at the garage on weekends.)
of course, having finally realized what day it is, you also realize you have missed the last shuttle bus to the offsite lot, and start crying at having to wait any longer to get home.
2Sep 7, '11 by beckster_01, BSN, RNI did something similar last week. First, I work at a large university hospital. The shortest route to the parking lot is 10-15 minutes. However on nights/weekends we can park in the garage. The garage is on the 1st floor, the route to the lot is on the ground floor. I accidentally walked all the way to the garage before realizing it was a weekday. For some reason I thought that I could navigate my way to the correct parking lot from the outside of the hospital after a grueling 13.5 hour shift. Wrong. I wandered outside the hospital for 20 minutes before calling it quits. I turned around, got back into the hospital from the garage, and walked all the way to the lot from my usual route. When I finally got to my car I realized that I was actually going the right direction originally, I was just too tired to trust my navigation skills lol.