15 CRAZY minutes in my workday. How does yours compare?

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The other day, I had one of “those” shifts. I’ve mentioned before that I’m married to a nurse; this was one of those days when it’s a blessing. I didn’t have to explain my day. I didn’t have to break down what happened, who was there, what was the big deal, etc. I simply said, “One of THOSE shifts.” She nodded and hugged me. Nothing more. And that’s all I needed.

It got me thinking: How do you explain these types of days to the “non-nurse” or the “non-health care” person? I mean, these types of days are what define our careers. The makings of a good nurse are created during these shifts–you either sink or swim. And when I say sink, I mean something goes wrong. Something bad happens because you couldn’t “keep up.”

Now, I’m not saying I’m something great. Not at all. I’m simply pointing out, if I had been the type of nurse who is okay with just getting by, one of my patients would have been hurt.

I thought I’d try to break down what 15 minutes of my day was like:

Enter room 1 to begin assessment:

  • Realize the room is a mess–layover from the chaos the previous shift endured
  • Empty garbage cans since garbage is overflowing onto floor

-Interruption- PHONE RINGING *have to answer phone since all other staff members are busy and have their hands full*

Re-enter room 1:

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