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

  1. Karenf54

    Man plans, God laughs!

  2. kjkamk

    Yep – I had one of those nights. It started out like this – unable to get report because nurse was so busy with her other patient. Gave myself report on what I could find in the chart, kept an eye on the patient, got good news from Teamleader (Transport I was getting going to another unit) and started answering call lights while everyone else getting report. Phone ringing off the hook, IV pump beeping (discovered an infiltrated IV) turned off all drips and notified RN, restarted IV on said patient. Playing hall monitor as well directing families to the proper rooms and waiting rooms and bathrooms. Finally got report on my patient, realize she has no clue what is happening to her and why she is there, called Spanish interpreter to come help. 30 minutes later, emerged from my room. It was a hectic night and ended on an even more hectic note. Left miraculously only 30 minutes late from my shift – so busy helping others I didn’t have time to chart the last 2 hours.