No, I won’t claim that the day shift is more difficult than the night shift. Yet, from time to time, you do receive patients who make things especially more frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I love my patients! I wouldn’t be in this medical practice if I didn’t. I enjoy the children, the middled aged, the drunken, the sober,...

VENTING STATION  Here are some examples of the complaints employees have lodged about their work and work environment in the healthcare field:  You have to work around sick people (“Can’t some of these patients be well??).The dress code is boring (“Another day of scrubs!”).No work from home days (“Why can’t I work from home like other industries. I can call into...

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...

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...

As a nurse, I take my job seriously. I chose this profession because I care about people, and I want to help them in their times of need. Sometimes, though, their time of need because my worst nightmare. This isn’t something I do often, but perhaps more often than I care to admit to the people who know me...

Dealing with elderly patients can be as challenging as it is rewarding, even more so when you don’t speak the same language. Luckily, this elderly male patient had a son who visited often. I took advantage of his visit by explaining to him that we were going to need a urine sample from his father. The son seemed to...

I handle HIV testing, and as part of that role I provide people with their test results. It can be really emotional giving people bad news. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping at night, because it’s a pretty heavy job. One morning I was particularly exhausted, after tossing and turning most of the night. I was handling my first patient...

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 work in the E.R at my local hospital and it was my night to answer phones at the nurse's desk. We get a lot of calls from people who live on the outskirts of town who don't want to drive all the way to the hospital if it's not a huge emergency. The phone rings and I answer...

If you’re a nurse, then you know this is true. There are nurses that complain about their assignments, the doctors, the nurse’s aides, the weather, the patients, and… well, pretty much everything and anything that springs to mind. I know that there’s been one in every unit I’ve worked in, and if I were to rank them all… it would...
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