So it was a pretty slow night in our local emergency room. Nothing too bad was coming through the doors, mostly walk-ins and only one or two ambulances. I had only done a few stitches and prescribed some medicine for strep. All in all, it was a pretty great night. Most of the staff, nurses, doctors, and even orderlies...

I was working the beginning of my shift, performing basic vital measures to my elderly patients. After measuring one senior’s ocular light sensitivity, ear canal, temperature, weight, height, all that good stuff, I moved onto the cardiorespiratory system. Using my stethoscope, I pressed diaphragm to her chest, alongside the walls of her breast. Her inhales weren’t as deep...

Working the night shift on a weekend is a total trip, and it never fails to surprise me when people turn up, having suddenly decided that 3:30 in the morning on a Saturday is the most appropriate time to seek medical treatment for an old injury. I like to think the best of people, but when you rock up to...

Paramedics and nurses are constantly bashing each other. In case you are unfamiliar with the difference between the two, paramedics are the ones responsible for picking up a patient in the emergency vehicle, loading them in, and treating them on the go. In other words, they are the first professional responders, and must have an extremely fast reflex and...

Night shifts at the Psych ward are often slow; however, recently we have had a recent set of weird behaviors in my unit which can only be described as bizarre and even bizarre might not be accurate.  It all started about a week ago when I heard a chicken sound coming from one of the patient’s rooms. Now, in mental health,...

NIGHT SHIFT WOESIt took me a long time to get used to working the night shift. Outside the healthcare industry night shifts are often called the “graveyard shift.” However, in my field that’s a term best avoided. Has a tendency to make the patients a tad nervous. Or, their relatives, with the exception of those who really need to...

How does my day go? Well, I’m an early riser so I get up at 6, have my first coffee by 7, and I’m at work by 8. The thing is though, those are all during the night time. I sleep when the sun comes up. I’m not allergic to it, nor a vampire or anything. Someone needs to...

Sadly, patients sometimes think that nurses are there just to serve as wait staff. While nurses, like myself, do serve our patients, we’re also in the business of caring for every patient and you know, keeping people alive. Unfortunately Press Ganey has made life hellish at time. We actually go to a lot of trouble to put on a...

How do I put this to all of you gently and with finesse? Hmm..Okay, here it is. Survey’s really suck. They’re useless. And biased. Do I sound negative? Oh, sorry, but surveys suck. Excuse my French (why do people always say that,when it’s not even French). First of all, surveys in general are useless. Who fills out a survey? Mostly...

Anyone who has had the unpleasant undergo of working the night shift knows the drastic lifestyle changes and drowning in waves of stress.  When you are going to work most people are going to sleep.  And once you get into a routine the work stress from the night shift can really leave you in a vexatious depression.  The invisible...
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