Been asked to stay late — again — on the weekend? You lucky duck! Here are ten humorous ways to see the silver lining!
10. Think of all the weight you’ll lose from not getting to eat because of short staffing.
9. Think of the closeness you’ll develop with your coworkers after being knee deep in Code 10s, Code Blues and Code Browns.
8. Everyone is frazzled, so next to them you look fabulous!
7. Think of what a challenge it will be to your nursing skills to run a code without a crash cart because they are all down in Central Supply being replaced.
6. You’ll get the joy of having the previous shift’s charge nurse tell you, “I don’t understand why no one would return my calls to work today or tonight. Oh, and by the way, you have four nurses for this shift and a full house of patients sick as dog dirt.”
5. You’re a new grad and you want to be a “team player” like your head nurse told you to be. (That and you have “sucker” stamped on your forehead!)
4. When you go home with your back aching from not having any nursing assistants who work weekends, and your feet aching from running your butt off for “emergency procedures” (like the gas pain your patient has had for a week that is suddenly unbearable), you’ll know that you really ARE a caregiver.
3. Think of all the computer skills you’ll gain from putting in your own orders and ordering supplies from Central Supply because your Unit Secretary got pulled to another unit. (That can go on your resume as “Know how to operate multiple outdated computer equipment.”)
2. You don’t have time to adequately chart, so you may get to learn how our judicial system works. On the bright side, your handwriting will be so bad that it can say whatever you want it to say!
1. Think of what a GREAT “learning experience” this will be. (Translation: You just got shafted!)