How do you reward yourself after a tough shift?

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1,753 Posts

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management.

If it is a really bad night shift hope that someone else drove the car pool and I can nod off.

If it is a morning or afternoon shift stop at the 7 - 11 for an ice cream on the way to the carpark. And at the pub at the end of my street!


101 Posts

Specializes in Just started in HH.

Drive by a McDonald's and buy my tired, sweaty self a $1.00 large unsweetened ice tea with lemon. Ahhhhh.... Uh-huh! :yes:


1,026 Posts

ice cream relieves stress ;)

TopsDrop, RN

47 Posts

Specializes in Cardiopulmonary Stepdown/Cath Lab, ICU.

Bloody Mary's with a few of my fellow co-workers is always a good time. Our options are usually limited at 8am, but we manage. Nothing dissolves the stress like some drinks and sharing the "war" stories of the night.

86toronado, BSN, RN

2 Articles; 528 Posts

Specializes in neurology, cardiology, ED.

It's probably already been said, but I had to place my vote for a hot bath... just thinking about it now makes me want to have one when I get home from this shift, not that it's been a difficult one at all! :)


1,198 Posts

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice.

Starbucks or Panera for breakfast. If it was a painful shift with lots of turning, pushing etc...a warm bath with some nice bubble bath. Then I'm out like a light.

Specializes in Pediatrics, Emergency, Trauma.

A good book, pedicure, and a looong nap...not necessarily in that order.

And a new pair of shoes!


131 Posts

Specializes in Emergency, Med-Surg, Progressive Care.

Benadryl, melatonin, and a beer. Makes for a good day's sleep.


35 Posts

Specializes in Psych, Hosp, and LTC.

Nice long hot shower, comfy PJ's, sit on my porch with my dog, and a tall glass of ice cold Splenda sweet tea.

Sometimes, if it has been an exceptionally difficult day, my dear husband will give me a back massage too. I never discuss work off the clock, he is just great about reading the expression I have when I get home.


35 Posts

Specializes in Psych, Hosp, and LTC.
ice cream relieves stress ;)

Yummy Ben and Jerry's strawberry cheesecake.... The Absolute Best Ever!

Breakfast margaritas at Taco Cabana, conveniently located about three miles from my house. It's one of only a few advantages of living in Texas, home of the 24 hour margarita. :cheeky:

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