Hoping They're Not the Last Words

Updated | Published

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 9 years experience.

Two patients during my 16-hour shift. You are reading page 2 of Hoping They're Not the Last Words. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

What a beautifully written post. Your compassion shines through in every word. I hope if I ever get Covid and need a nurse, I’ll have one exactly like you. God bless you. ❤️

SunDazed, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience.

16 hour shifts? How many shifts a week!? 
🙏

JBMmom, MSN, NP

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 9 years experience.

On 9/16/2021 at 4:31 AM, SunDazed said:

16 hour shifts? How many shifts a week!? 
🙏

My scheduled shifts are 4 x 8 hour shifts. But I generally work 48-56 hours a week so there are 8, 12, and sometimes a 16 hour shift thrown in. I try not to do 16 too often because I'm pretty useless the next day. Of course I've been mandated for 16 a couple times in the past few weeks so sometimes there's no choice. 😒

SunDazed, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience.

1 hour ago, JBMmom said:

My scheduled shifts are 4 x 8 hour shifts. But I generally work 48-56 hours a week so there are 8, 12, and sometimes a 16 hour shift thrown in. I try not to do 16 too often because I'm pretty useless the next day. Of course I've been mandated for 16 a couple times in the past few weeks so sometimes there's no choice. 😒

I have worked many more 12's than scheduled but I would have trouble doing a 16 and being good for anything the next day! One good thing about the union contract is no mandating (... yet). But then we work short without the extras like HAs, charge nurses, resource nurses, break nurses (yes I'm in California). I don't mind a little extra when it is for the benefit of my home unit and the patients there... I hate floating now. Used to be not bad. Now 95% of the time it is bad for the reasons above... being floated to a unit that is wildly short staffed. 

Hang in there! Glad you have a supportive family!

When I read posts like these, it makes me very proud to be a nurse! To be part of a fraternity that can write like this and communicate such experiences, so I can live vicariously, because I can completely understand the process, but I don't have it in me to work such units! 

This post belongs in the Post or the Times or maybe the Atlantic etc. Because, I'm pretty sure that the extensive amount of reading that I do, NO ONE, has written this well about the experience on a Covid unit 👍👍🥇🥇

JBMmom, MSN, NP

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 9 years experience.

33 minutes ago, Curious1997 said:

I'm pretty sure that the extensive amount of reading that I do, NO ONE, has written this well about the experience on a Covid unit

Very nice of you to say. I'm glad that you found it worth reading. 

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

1 hour ago, Curious1997 said:

This post belongs in the Post or the Times or maybe the Atlantic etc. Because, I'm pretty sure that the extensive amount of reading that I do, NO ONE, has written this well about the experience on a Covid unit 👍👍🥇🥇

I totally agree!  While the article has not YET made it to the Post or the Times, it was highlighted in the September edition of the allnurses Nursing Insights Newsletter.  

LibraNurse27, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown. Has 8 years experience.

I agree! There have been a lot of articles written about how healthcare workers are experiencing the pandemic, but few from the perspective of an actual covid nurse. Nurses have been interviewed and quoted, but not often the ones to write the articles. I would be so interested to read an article from a current covid nurse.

I worked covid for almost the first year, and would like to read the perspective of someone else who went through it to see how they put those emotions into words. And, I would like to hear how it is now post vaccine, plus how it feels after it has gone on so long. Thanks again for sharing your experience and I hope you can get it published! Keep sharing!

T-ROD, LPN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 15 years experience.

Wow!! I totally have so much respect and envy for you all on the front lines. I can not imagine going through this day in and day out. It to makes me so proud to have nurse behind my name. 

I work as a school nurse for a rural district. We have 900 students and I am the only medical personnel here. Teachers do not think like we do. I think about all the things I need to implement to keep us in this building and at the same time keep us all as safe as possible. We all have our thoughts on Covid, and as a person I 100% respect that. I just wish that when they walk into this building that they understand that Covid is very real. I am the bad guy for doing my part to push mandates, but I am doing it to keep us safe. I just don't see why people can not see that. 

My heart is with you and all the rest of those who know just how real Covid is. God Bless!