27 reactions every nurse experiences in a 12-hour shift

If you’re a nurse, you’ll be all too familiar with these common reactions nurses experience on the job. Prepare yourself! Things are about to get real…

1. When you arrive at work full of joy, hope and coffee:



2. When you find out there aren’t enough nurses and you’ve been assigned 50 patients:



3. When your coffee begins to wear off before your day starts, so you do the next logical thing:





4. When you run into one of your favorite nurse buddies:


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2 Responses to 27 reactions every nurse experiences in a 12-hour shift

  1. apachemoo

    Worked as RN for over 32 years. ( 4 years on Med-Surg; 27 years ante and postpartum as well as labor and delivery and 1 year as an indusrtrial nurse. Never assume that a client’s visitor is father or grandfather!!!! Watch patient take her pain meds. Offered pain med to postpartum client and she was about to insert it into her genital area instead of taking it by mouth. One afternoon near end of shift I still had a mountain of IV piggybacks to administer and was so distraught that I had to run into restroom to cry. Also bring healthy snacks with you so you don’t have to eat a bag of chips and soda when the cafeteria is closed. Even after law was passed against mandatory overtime, a supervisor tried to force me into working a double shift. I asked her if she was trying to lay a guilt trip on me. I refused and went home. There was a time when they could ‘float’ you anywhere even though you were not familiar with the patients or medications, I refused and was suspended for 1 day. Thankfully my director told me to write a report about this and was on my side!

  2. Paula Daniel

    Love this,lol, feel like some of these most of the time