Obsessive compulsive disorder. Some ICU types are like that. I personally don't think I'm like that. I'm thorough and can usually tell you highlights of my patients' course of hospitalization, current labwork, lines, drips, etc., from the top of my head...but I don't view that as OCD. I view that as safe nursing practice in an ICU setting. I view my patients with the following mindset: They're trying their hardest to die & I'm trying to stop them from dying. It can be a very stressful, sad, and depressing place to work at times, and you need to have solid views on patient advocacy, health, dying, and death. It can also be a place of celebration as you witness the small steps forward the sickest patients make, eventually walking out of the hospital.