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How to tell you've worked too many shifts in a row

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nerdtonurse? is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Telemetry.

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tcvnurse has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Thoracic Cardiovasc ICU Med-Surg.

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You know you have worked too many in a row when you hoof it to the parking lot across from the hospital, pass through the walkway into the STAFF parking garage. You then wander up and down the aisles looking for your car, only to come to the conclusion it must have been stolen!

You flag down the cute and unsuspecting security guard to report the theft. After filling out paperwork for a few minutes, he mentions that it's Monday, and all of the sudden it hits you.

You actually parked at the off site parking lot. (You only get to park at the garage on weekends.)

Of course, having finally realized what day it is, you also realize you have missed the last shuttle bus to the offsite lot, and start crying at having to wait any longer to get home.

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Pepper The Cat has 34 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Gerontology.

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When you pull up your cat's insulin dose and then look over your shoulder for a co-worker to double check it. Then you realize you live alone, so you show the cat the insulin to double check the dose. (cat, natuarlly dose what he always does at insulin time, runs away).

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You spend 5 minutes getting ready for work on your day off before realizing that you are off. You don't believe that you are off and then spend another 15 minutes scrutinizing your schedule. BP rises steadily...

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

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you know you have worked too many in a row when you hoof it to the parking lot across from the hospital, pass through the walkway into the staff parking garage. you then wander up and down the aisles looking for your car, only to come to the conclusion it must have been stolen!

you flag down the cute and unsuspecting security guard to report the theft. after filling out paperwork for a few minutes, he mentions that it's monday, and all of the sudden it hits you.

you actually parked at the off site parking lot. (you only get to park at the garage on weekends.)

of course, having finally realized what day it is, you also realize you have missed the last shuttle bus to the offsite lot, and start crying at having to wait any longer to get home.

oh, gods! i thought i was the only person who ever did this. worse, i've done it more than once.

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beckster_01 has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in MICU.

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I did something similar last week. First, I work at a large university hospital. The shortest route to the parking lot is 10-15 minutes. However on nights/weekends we can park in the garage. The garage is on the 1st floor, the route to the lot is on the ground floor. I accidentally walked all the way to the garage before realizing it was a weekday. For some reason I thought that I could navigate my way to the correct parking lot from the outside of the hospital after a grueling 13.5 hour shift. Wrong. I wandered outside the hospital for 20 minutes before calling it quits. I turned around, got back into the hospital from the garage, and walked all the way to the lot from my usual route. When I finally got to my car I realized that I was actually going the right direction originally, I was just too tired to trust my navigation skills lol.

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Lynx25 has 1 years experience as a LPN and specializes in LTC.

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Well, I have on mismatching socks, My glasses are broken and perching on my nose like a drunken squirrel, and I just spilled MOM all in my cart and spent 20 min of my 30 min break mopping it up... I might be due for a day off soon.

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

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well, i have on mismatching socks, my glasses are broken and perching on my nose like a drunken squirrel, and i just spilled mom all in my cart and spent 20 min of my 30 min break mopping it up... i might be due for a day off soon.

i've had all kinds of compliments on my shiney new danskos today -- one light brown and one black. i got dressed in the dark.

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R!XTER specializes in Emergency Room.

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When your hubby wakes you up for dinner and you ask him to please put the patient in room 20 on a monitor. When he tries to re-orient you, and you keep begging him to help you as you have so much else to do! And you have no recollection of the conversation...

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You reread your old posts to try and figure out what days you visited your HH client...

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rockin'RN04 has 21 years experience and specializes in Surgical unit, Geriatrics.

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When your coworkers offer to hook you up with SLP to help with your slurred speech and word finding difficulty:uhoh3:

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JBudd has 39 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Trauma, Teaching.

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When you wake up, and don't know what day it is, or if you have to go back to work.

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