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I didn't wake up on time and was too late to come for AM shift?

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Farawyn has 25 years experience and works as a RN.

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It's a bad feeling, but yes, it happens. Just go in on your next shift, apologize ONCE, and let it go.

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It happens to everyone at some point. Make sure it doesn't happen again!

It's never happened to me.

I have, however, dreamed that it happened-about 1,000 times.

One time my manager called me early one morning saying I didn't show up for work. I told her no way I'd gotten that mixed up. She checked her texts and saw that she never pressed "send" when she texted me my schedule. Even though I was in the right, it still messed with my heart rate for a good while.

I agree with the above. Just don't let it happen again, or you will probably be toast.

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I signed up to be stand-by/on-call for day shift a few months back, and some how forgot to set my alarm and slept straight through my whole stand-by time period (first 3 hours of shift)... when I woke and realized the time the horror and adrenaline flooding through my system was intense. Fortunately after finding my phone, I hadn't been called in, but that that stomach-dropping sensation is one I won't forget for a while.

Be apologetic, and be vigilant about making it in on time here on out, but over sleeping alarms happens and as long as it isn't a routine, you can move on from it.

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It's never happened to me.

I have, however, dreamed that it happened-about 1,000 times.

One time my manager called me early one morning saying I didn't show up for work. I told her no way I'd gotten that mixed up. She checked her texts and saw that she never pressed "send" when she texted me my schedule. Even though I was in the right, it still messed with my heart rate for a good while.

I agree with the above. Just don't let it happen again, or you will probably be toast.

You just jinxed yourself.

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You just jinxed yourself.

Lol, never say never, but I doubt it. I sleep so light, I've never slept through an alarm. In fact, I usually wake up about 30 minutes before my alarm is due to go off.

I worry more about forgetting to note my schedule correctly rather than oversleeping. I work PRN, so I don't have a regular schedule. I could see getting that "where are you" call because I didn't realize I was scheduled. Just thinking about that gives me sweaty palms!

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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It's never happened to me.

I have, however, dreamed that it happened-about 1,000 times.

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You just jinxed yourself.

CharleeFoxotrot runs over and sprinkles anti-jinx dust all around. Okay, it's really just some sprinkles that fell off my poptart but Hey! placebo effect rules!

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speeling, erm spelling

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It is called Life, welcome to the living. Just push on, you are human.

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emmjayy has <1 years experience as a RN and works as a RN in a medical-surgical ICU.

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My stomach sank just reading your post, OP! Before I became a nurse I forgot I had to work a shift at my retail job and got a puzzled call from my manager wondering where I was. I was devastated and so upset because I take a lot of pride in my punctuality and reliability as an employee. I raced in to work and apologized profusely, she told me it was okay and these things happen. I made sure I double and triple-checked my schedule after that!

I also once had a time when my cell phone died during the night and my alarm never went off! Fortunately, I did not have to work that day and I promptly went out and bought an alarm clock so I could have a back-up alarm. I think you probably feel worse about this than anyone else involved. Keep your chin up and crack some jokes about it on your next shift (followed by apologies) and this should soon be behind you :)

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Cupcake2018 has 1 years experience.

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I'm a CNA, not a nurse, but I did the same exact thing this morning. I had several nights in a row with very little sleep and when I got home last night, I just passed out hard and didn't fully wake until four hours after my shift started. It was a no-call/no-show, which is something I'd never dream of doing, and I felt really bad about it. I called my work and ended up talking to the head honcho. I don't think they were happy, but I haven't been punished yet. I apologized and offered to pick up shifts to make it up. You're human, and sometimes this stuff happens. Be nice and offer to pick up a few hard-to-fill shifts for them. Hopefully, that will help smooth things over a bit. Good luck.

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and works as a Psychiatric sheep...er, nurse.

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It happened to me once, though I wasn't a nurse at the time. I was supposed to be at work at 0900. I woke up at 1700. I usually don't sleep through alarms or phone calls, but that day I clearly managed to sleep of everything short of a nuclear bomb.

I did keep the job. It was a one-off.

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Wait until you sleep through daylight savings once :) Yeah, it happens. You're sorry. It wont happen again anytime soon. Keep moving.

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I slept through the start of my shift once... I woke up to work calling me for the second time (that wasn't like me, so they were concerned). I had turned off three alarms on my phone without waking up and slept through their first phone call. What can I say? I apparently needed the sleep.

I now set six alarms and sleep with my phone across the room so I have to get up to reach it. I really, really like sleeping.

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