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...

I work in a large hospital’s outpatient lab, so I experience this conversation every single day, and more than once. Me: Good morning, can I have your last name, please?Patient: It’s already in the system. Me: Yes, that may be true, but I need your name to find you in the system. It should be no surprise to anyone that patients just...

Sitting in the nurse’s station one day, I am filling out reports when a fellow nurse comes in to complain. As I’m thinking “Here we go again.” She says, Other Nurse: Do you know how awful Dr. Kevork is to all the patients here? He plays all these nasty jokes to get extra laughs at the patient’s expense. Me: Uh-huh! Other Nurse:...

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...

More and more hospitals are becoming private. Making city hospitals into private medical facilities seems like a good idea for some, and the reason for them to feel this way is that everyone who works in big business wants to make a buck. However, sometimes as a doctor you have to do what's best for your patient and not...

  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...

Rural hospital life can be fun, with a variety of illnesses and injuries, but it’s certainly challenging. We had a back door at the ER for night time patients, it was fitted with a call button that would ring out at the nurse’s station. If the bell went, a nurse would answer, asking who they were, and what they...

As a nurse, I frequently deal with creeps, so when a man 20 years my senior was hanging out at reception I knew it was going to be one of those days. Him: Hey. Me: Hi, are you waiting for a doctor or do you need something? Him: I’m juuuust fine *he said this as he looked me up and down creepily*At...

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...

My job is as a nurse in a day surgery. Perhaps the biggest (and by biggest I obviously mean most time consuming and sometimes frustrating) part of my job is admitting people ahead of their procedures. Part of this task involves a rundown of a variety of questions about their overall health, medical history, and any other relevant information...
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