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Pt quote of the night.

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 by talesfromtheniteshift

Hour 3 of every 30 minute blood sugar checks.

“Do you get a commision based on how many patients are still alive at the end of your shift?”

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The silence breaks…

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2012 by talesfromtheniteshift

Wow. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted anything. It has been a long winter of personal growth and trial. Spiritual setbacks and great strides have both occurred. Still more changes are on the horizon.

I’ve been at this now for almost the years. But with all the recent changes and more on the way, I’m beginning to wonder if maybe its time to do something else. The question then is What the hell would I do? Nursing has been my goal since I was 5 years old. I am just not sure it is worth it anymore.

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They are coming…

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2011 by talesfromtheniteshift

The holidays that is. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. I really do enjoy each one.

First is Thanksgiving. I love how this opens our holiday season. A day devoted to being thankful for what we have. No matter how little or how much. A day for family without any notions that a gift be required. Other than maybe a side dish or dessert.

Christmas. What a great time. Time to celebrate the birth of our Savior. To reflect on the great atonement he provided freely for each one of us. A wonderful time of reflection and pondering. How joyous!

And New Years. A time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Resolutions, goals and plans to be made and dreams to begin. A truly special time of year.

These days are wonderful. There is a downside though. In between I feel so down and low. I am certain this is mostly due to the fact that I am still single. Loneliness seems to seep into every corner of this wonderous time. Oh I have plenty of family and friends to visit and enjoy, but at the end of the day it seems that everyone else goes home in pairs. While I return to an empty place with no one to cuddle and share the magic of the season.

So I ask dear readers (both of you) to please keep me in your prayers. And remember those tu may know who are single this time of year. Invite them to parties. However, please don’t be offended if they choose to stay home rather than watch others happily spending time with their significant other. And I realize that not everyone may have the same outlook as I, but please be a little sensitive to anyone who might.

But above all enjoy this special time of year!

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The eye of the storm…

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2011 by talesfromtheniteshift

What a week full of drama it had been. Work was horrendous. Staffing sucked. The two RNs and I had taken turns crying at the beginning of each shift. Home life wasn’t much better. Lots of familial bullshit. The coming week promised only more of the same. Parents, siblings, friends, and coworkers were all setting up for drama and there seemed no end in sight.

But Sat morning was for me. My Heavenly Father took mercy on me. He looked down and said “Sweet daughter, your week has been rough. Next week will be to. Take today and just be.”

I did just that. It was a beautiful crisp fall day. Leaves were falling. Temps were high 50′s. I took my crochet project, my phone, and my chair outside. Listened to the silence. My neighbor eventually turned on his stereo. It was good music and I wasn’t about to complain. I didn’t have to think. When the drama started to seep in I just had to think of putting the yarn on the hook and it all went away again.

What a sweet tender mercy this day was. Between all the bullshit I was able to recharge and have a moment of peace.

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Another favorite…

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2011 by talesfromtheniteshift

Here is another fav blog that I follow. I can spend hours on here reading the past posts. Enjoy.

http://burnedoutmedic.com/

Happy reading!

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A little humor never hurt anyone…

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2011 by talesfromtheniteshift

I love working on the nights where I can have fun with my nurses. When it is crazy as hell, there just isn’t much time for kidding around. But on a good night, when everything is relatively quiet, well then a well placed practical joke is called for. If I were more creative I could have even more fun, but simple has always been enough for me.

My favorite nurse to mess with we will call her Jane today. Jane and I have worked together for several years now. She can be a witch at times but on a good night we usually get along pretty well. If the night is slow enough we all carve out our places at the desk. Usually the same place all night. Jane will leave her notes, med lists, pens, charts, and maybe even her book (or her Nook if things are going really well) just laying around. When she steps away is when I have my fun. I have done everything from hiding her Nook (got enough from the ransom for a morning soda), adding to her med list (what pt doesn’t need an extra dose of skittles now and then), to just flipping everything around on her desk. Charts upside down. Notes exchanged with the memos hanging on the wall. One night I covered her monitor and notes with post-it notes. The messages ranged from “Good morning!” to random song lyrics. (which unfortunately I couldn’t get out of MY head all that day)

My point here with this ramble is to have fun and mess with people a little. It’s a great way to make 5 min of your shift fly by.

lol

What do you do to pass the time? (or some suggestions to mess with Jane some more…)

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Leave. It. On….

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2011 by talesfromtheniteshift

Please, if we put a bandage on your leg we do it for a reason. You have an OPEN wound. We have some NASTY germs floating around. After all we have an abundance of sick people just laying around. I am sure that wound stings and burns. However please don’t just rip the bandage off and throw it on the floor. If you must remove the bandage (and I am aware it is only so you can scratch it), please call and let us help you. So that at least it is put in the trash and not on the floor. And we can replace the bandage.

And on another note, you have NO idea if I would have told you no. You never asked me. Please don’t pretend you know what I would do. You cannot predict my actions based on actions of others. Especially when you never asked the previous nurse either.

Grrr.

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