6th sense...

  1. Does it happen to you as it happens to me? Do you feel when something is going to happen? Do you feel when a patient is going to die? Do you feel your patient is going to crash even if he seems ok? Do you feel sometimes you're not alone? Like there is somebody else in the room but you can't see anybody? Please share your experiences...I'm confused!
    Thank you so much!
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    RN, pediatrics, onco/hematology


  3. by   Gldngrl
    I'm not sure if it's really a "6th sense", but there's been times when I knew something was wrong with the patient even when the vitals, labs, etc. were OK. I think based on the nature of our work and the fact that we're highly observant professionals, we notice subtle changes in our patients that may not be explained immediately.
  4. by   naina
    once i had enter to my patient room i saw him smilling!
    after a week he was dead.
    that was my only experience on u'r subject.
  5. by   Scotty
    My friend is a nurse tutor and she says this is not a sixth sense, but "pattern recognition" because of your wealth of experience. You may not be able to say why something is going to happen, but you recognise the pattern.
  6. by   ainz
    After nursing for several years, I could walk in a room and literally within a couple of minutes I could tell if something was going on or not in the absence of "hard evidence." I agree with the pattern recognition notion that Scotty mentioned. You become so accustomed to observing human responses that you can pick up on "subclinical" clues and it feels like intuition or a sixth sense. That is, of course, unless your unit is haunted and you feel the sense of someone else in the room. I worked in a unit that was haunted. Never believed any of the stories by other nurses until I experienced some of it myself.
  7. by   glascow
    I work in a unit that is haunted. But that has nothing to do with my sixth sense. It is eerie, I just get a feeling when I look at the patients in ICU, can't describe it. Never heard of the pattern recognition, but I guess that's what it is. I always thought it was my red hair!