27 reactions every nurse experiences in a 12-hour shift

5. When you find out that you two have been assigned different units:



6. When you’re down to your last pen and someone asks to borrow it:



7. When everything around you is falling apart but you still manage to put on your “resting nurse face” :



8. When a not-so-pleasant patient threatens to sign an AMA:



9. When a patient starts quoting WebMD:



10. When you find and stick a nice juicy vein on the first try:



11. When you catch an NPO patient trying to sneak a bite of food:



12. When you try different tactics to convince your stomach that it’s not empty:



13. When you stop to catch your breath for a second and realize you’re not doing as well as you thought you were:



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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