Oh, let's see. How about the night we worked our butts off all night trying to get the ER cleared out - we had a full waiting room and every bed full at 0300. Not sure how we managed it, but at 0630, there were a total of 3 patients in the ER, and we were finishing up charting, stocking lab baskets, getting things in order for morning shift. When suddenly the scanner starts going off, and the squad phone starts blowing up (usually just them calling to give report - this time, 3 different units calling to verify/request orders for meds). 5 minutes later, we have a total of 7 backboarded, bloody, combative patients wheeling in the door. Two started crashing about the minute they got to a room, and the others were obvious belly bleeds, and required expidite CTs, which means an RN has to accompany each of them!
Believe it or not, these were all from separate traffic incidents. Then, the icing on the cake - squad pulls in with a VERY large man - 600+ pounds - fell down a flight of stairs - not sure how he was up walking around to fall down the stairs, but somehow he did. So, more expidite CTs - oh wait - I forgot - no CT, pt. too big to fit through the CT scanner we have. SOOOO, gotta transfer - in the middle of paperwork for that, and the guy up and codes. So, apparantly he had a lot going on with him that we couldn't see because no CT, because he dies on us. I didn't get home until almost noon - and I'm not even an RN yet... most of the night nurses were still there when I left.