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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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Luckyyou has 7 years experience and works as a RN, CCRN.

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I have three patients. It's 0645 and I'm getting ready to leave. I only ever saw two of my patients all night.

I think this is the adult version of the "it's finals week and I never went to my calculus class (it's always a math class) and I have to pass to graduate" dream I had all through high school and college.

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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I, too, just retired two months ago, and it's been ten years since I worked med-surg. But right up until a couple of years ago, I would frequently have the forgotten patient dream. I'd dream that I was back on my old floor, and at first I was really happy to be there. Then I'd realize it was nearly end of shift and I had one patient I hadn't even looked in on. I don't even know if he's still alive. Then I'd think to myself "Gosh, I've dreamt this so many times, I can't believe I've actually gone and done it this time." I'd be so surprised and relieved to wake up and find out this, too was a dream.

The other dream is that I'd have to leave my unit to go on some errand and I could never make it all the way back. Sometimes I'd find myself on foot, miles from the hospital.

Luckily I don't have those dreams much anymore.

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djh123 has 5 years experience and works as a RN at a transitional rehab facility.

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Worse than any actual nightmares I've had re: nursing was one actual live resident, whom I am eternally grateful is no longer there. :^)

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I dream that my supervisor is a complete idiot who continually writes care plans that are impossible to achieve and then writes me up for being non compliant with the care plans. I dream that she is reading every progress note I write and then leaves me notes just ripping apart what I do. I run to my Director of Nursing and try to get help and she just says, "So?".

OH WAIT I'M NOT DREAMING IT'S REALLY HAPPENING!!! Silly me.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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I, too, just retired two months ago, and it's been ten years since I worked med-surg. But right up until a couple of years ago, I would frequently have the forgotten patient dream. I'd dream that I was back on my old floor, and at first I was really happy to be there. Then I'd realize it was nearly end of shift and I had one patient I hadn't even looked in on. I don't even know if he's still alive. Then I'd think to myself "Gosh, I've dreamt this so many times, I can't believe I've actually gone and done it this time." I'd be so surprised and relieved to wake up and find out this, too was a dream.

The other dream is that I'd have to leave my unit to go on some errand and I could never make it all the way back. Sometimes I'd find myself on foot, miles from the hospital.

Luckily I don't have those dreams much anymore.

Both ...classic work nightmares! I actually did the "one patient I hadn't even looked in on" thing in real life (screwy assignment). Patient was a nurse and said something 6 hours into the shift.

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oramar works as a returned nurse.

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I have been retired for about twelve years, the night mares have finally gone away. But I rememer being a young nurse and dreaming that my manager walked into my bedroom and demanded to know why I was sleeping when evey light was on down the hall. I actually jumped out of bed and ran down the hall trying to answer them. My husband chased me and woke me which I believe saved me from being hurt. Gives you some idea of the sever stress I was under as a new nurse. It has all been over for a while but I still thank God every night when I go to bed at 10pm instead of going to work.

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middleagednurse has 50+ years experience and works as a RN.

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My main nightmare is that I forgot to do anything for my patients.. last night I dreamed that it was Christmas eve, I was exhausted, and my replacement nurse didn't show up so I had to stay.

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middleagednurse has 50+ years experience and works as a RN.

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I don't remember if I told this one on AN or not, but I once had a nightmare that I was walking down the hallway at work and one of our little tiny old ladies was shuffling slightly behind me. Suddenly, the lights went out and it was pitch black. I could see absolutely nothing. I stopped and frantically attempted to find the little old lady because I didn't want her to get hurt.

I could feel that I was touching her and then I realize she has the fingers on both of my hands in her mouth and she is biting down hard. And not only could I sense enormous pain, I could also sense that she was something much more malevolent. I can see nothing but black.

Terrified and in pain, I manage to reach my thumbs out to gouge her eyes and make her let go of my fingers... but I could feel this little old lady, this evil thing did not have any eye sockets! It had no face at all but the teeth biting off my fingers!

I woke up trying to scream. My husband was all concerned and stuff, but when I got to the part where an old lady monster with no eyes was biting my fingers off, he could not stop laughing. Thanks, Honey.

One more: I had a dream I was walking down the hall (again!) and that my night was so stressful, I could feel my heart racing, then becoming very irregular and then beginning to stop.

As my heart began to stop, I began to pass out and fall to the floor. As I was going down to the floor, I thought, "This is it" and I guess I died, because I woke up at that point.

This sounds like sleep apnea.

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience and works as a HS Nurse.

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As a school nurse I dream about not being able to save/protect my kids in the event of a shooting...I actually think about it all the time now, so I'm not sure if it is a nightmare or just a perseveration...it sucks. I look at windows and doors in a very different way than I ever did.

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middleagednurse has 50+ years experience and works as a RN.

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I also have dreams where I get so busy with one patient, it will be end of shift and I haven't even seem the other ones. And I can't figure out how to explain that to the next shift.

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subee has 45 years experience as a MSN, CRNA and works as a CRNA, retired.

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Four years retired CRNA. Still have production pressure dreams but they are becoming more rare. Wake up exhausted and drag the next day.

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JBMmom has 6 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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The only one I had more than once was when I first became charge and I dreamed that I forgot to assign a patient for day shift and they died. A couple times I've run downstairs in the middle of the day to find a COW in my kitchen to pass meds to the patients (in my kitchen?). And the other night I took a nap on my break and had a dream my patient was in the middle of my kitchen floor. I checked on him when I got back from break and told him I was glad to see he wasn't on my kitchen floor- he thought it was pretty funny.

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