The absent mindedness of our geriatric patients could be extremely funny. For instance, I once had a patient who came from Kentucky. She was visiting her son for the weekend in Colorado, but decided to check in to the ER because she was feeling extremely light headed, and refused to believe it was just stress from the flight....

MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLARI was working nightshift at the hospital when a patient came into the Emergency Room complaining of a toothache. She was perfectly pleasant despite her pain, and she wasn’t kicking up too much of a fuss. It was obvious from this that while she was clearly experiencing discomfort, it was nowhere near a...

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...

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...

I’M ENGAGED TO A MATTRESS I’m tired of it. Do you hear me? Tired of it! While this statement might not mean much coming from a night shift worker because, and I’m sure nurses all around the world can relate, WE’RE TIRED OF EVERYTHING. But what in particular am I so frustrated about? Day shift workers complaining about being...

 I worked the night shift for my first couple of years in my hospital until finally my request to be moved to the day shift was granted. I thought I had it made now that I no longer needed to be unnaturally nocturnal, and keep hours like most human beings do instead of those of a bat. Lucky me,or...

 I work nightshifts at the hospital, and one of the biggest struggles I have is keeping my energy up and staying healthy. Exhaustion often leads to carb loading, which does nothing for the waist line. I go to great lengths to pick out energy boosting snacks and foods that will keep me going all night long, and not give...

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...

It should come as no surprise that some patients can be rude and testy. I mean, people are jerks no matter where they are, but hospitals tend to bring out the worst in people. It can be scary, whether you’re in for a “routine” procedure, or something more serious. We all react in different ways, so I try to...

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,...
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