Had a FUNNY thought the other day re: when we answer call lights

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by nervousnurse nervousnurse, ASN Member

Specializes in NICU, Peds, Med-Surg. Has 28 years experience.

sooo, we were having a WAYYYYY stressful shift the other day.....call-lights going off CONSTANTLY... I as stressed to the max, but somehwere around the middle of the shift, I had this funny thought as I practically ran from my last call light request to the next...."we are like Pavlov's Dogs!" :lol2: (well, except instead of salivating and getting a TREAT part---LOL!)

The bell rings, we get there as briskly as we can....then lo and behold, yet ANOTHER bell is going off, and then.....ANOTHER!!! I'm glad that God brought this very FUNNY thought to me, since I would've cried otherwise! (I'm kidding, I wasn't THAT stressed that I'd cry!):nurse:

P.S....I ended up staying FIFTEEN hours, if that gives a better picture of what a ROUGH day it was!!! :eek:

Chin up

Chin up

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I didn't get it...

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience. 8 Articles; 2,543 Posts

I also think of Pavlov's dog experiment when I am constantly returning pages. Sometimes when the phone rings NON STOP in my OR, I answer "Dominos Pizza. Would you like to hear our specials?" Thankfully, only our staff and docs know the numbers to each room, so they play along and place their order...sterile thin crust with extra cheese!

I often think of cattle being herded into pasture when I am walking into work with the rest of the thousands of staff at our hospital.

heron, ASN, RN

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for Chin Up:

Pavlov's experiment in behavioral conditioning: the dogs were fed at the sound of a bell; after many repetitions, the sound of the bell alone caused the dogs to salivate.

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

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for Chin Up:

Pavlov's experiment in behavioral conditioning: the dogs were fed at the sound of a bell; after many repetitions, the sound of the bell alone caused the dogs to salivate.

And in our case, the sound of the call bell/pager/phone causes the nurse to experience a spike in HR.

heron, ASN, RN

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or a sudden urge to pee ...

flashpoint

flashpoint

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I've had that same thought! :-)

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience. 6,824 Posts

Maybe that's why I HATE answering the phone at home. The ringer is off 90% of the time. Leave a message and I'll decide if it's worth calling you back.

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

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Yeah, I hate the phone too. I offer to autoclave our docs pagers sometimes...

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Chin up

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for Chin Up:

Pavlov's experiment in behavioral conditioning: the dogs were fed at the sound of a bell; after many repetitions, the sound of the bell alone caused the dogs to salivate.

Awww, thank you!!!

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Chin up

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Maybe that's why I HATE answering the phone at home. The ringer is off 90% of the time. Leave a message and I'll decide if it's worth calling you back.

I always wondered why I hate the phone...