You Know It's Going to Be a Bad Shift.....

  1. ....you phone rings four hours before your shift, and they beg you to come in early.

    ...on the way to work, the radio station is playing, "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

    ....when you arrive, you meet the pharmacy tech. in the elevator, and he hands you a whole case of GoLytely, and say, "Here, this is all for your floor."

    When you arrive on the unit, the nurse finishing her charting at the nsg. station looks up and asks, "How many 'r's are there in 'diarrhea'?

    As soon as you arrive, someone hands you a set of scrubs and says, "Here, you'd better put these on!"

    One of the nurses from the previous shift is weeping at the nursing station.

    The previous shift tells you "Things have been quiet."
    Last edit by Jay-Jay on Jun 12, '03
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   sammycat
    As an ER nurse, worst case is a full moon, ambulances in the ER bay, or worse, racing you to the door. When that "certain Doctor" is on who likes to perscribe 80 lortabs and 60 soma for all back aches and similar tooth pain, arm aches, etc, you know you will have a busy night. Any night when it rains, is cold or too windy, we will be busy. As a beach community, we have special events and spring break, so break out the barf pails and silvadine for the sunburns. Any day can be a good day if you can punch in without being hit up for a smoke, a dollar or a drink from the patients on the way to the ER doors, but when you finally make it to sanctuary and find that the EMTs have finished off all the coffee! Then it is going to be a rough shift.
  4. by   gwenith
    Umm Try - "The pan hopper is broken and we can't reach the plumber............."
  5. by   Shamrock
    :spin: Yikes, I think I'm sick.............
  6. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    I always know it's gonna be a bad shift when the previous shift is running for the time clock after report.
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    you know its going to be bad when you are the first one there and all the nurses on previous shift run up to you with charts in there hand saying here let me give you report
  8. by   Ann42
    I like these.
  9. by   Andy S.
    you know it's going to be a bad shift when you

    ............walk into the ER and a full code is in progress.

    ............you find out that is now your patient and there are no ICU beds.

    ............the first words out of everyone's mouth is "Thank goodness your here, have we got someone for you..."

  10. by   funnygirl_rn
    When you arrive on the unit, the nurse finishing her charting at the nsg. station looks up and asks, "How many 'r's are there in 'diarrhea'?

    Jay-Jay...heehee..loved that one....actually I have asked that question several times....can't seem to remember how to spell it! :roll
  11. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    you know its going to be bad when you are the first one there and all the nurses on previous shift run up to you with charts in there hand saying here let me give you report
    mark_LD_RN.....Wow....this is so true! :chuckle
  12. by   gwenith
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by funnygirl_rn
    When you arrive on the unit, the nurse finishing her charting at the nsg. station looks up and asks, "How many 'r's are there in 'diarrhea'?

    Jay-Jay...heehee..loved that one....actually I have asked that question several times....can't seem to remember how to spell it! :roll
    [/QUOTE
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    I can't believe it! Someone else wtih the same affliction as me!!

    You know you are going to have a bad shift whent the previous shift tells you

    Pateint X is back....................

    or the MEDICAL staff say

    "Hoo Boy! are YOU in for an interesting shift!"

    Or you hear the words "We've run out of alcohol withdrawal assessment charts"

    or someone uses the words "personality disorder" and "unsedated" and "intensive Care" in the one sentence.
    Last edit by gwenith on Jun 15, '03
  13. by   funnygirl_rn
    Gwenith....too funny!!
  14. by   rnnurse2be
    These are great.... More... More

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