Finding the silver lining during a no good, very bad day

If anything helps a person home in on the things that really matter, it’s nursing.

That said, there are still those days when you definitely have to work to see the glass as half full—days when you’ve been giving…and giving…and giving (to the hundredth power), but good karma is apparently backlogged, because nobody is cuttin’ you any slack, not even the vending machine, which ate your change.

And so you slip into a foul mood (you’re only human, after all).

That said, it’s important to remember, even during times like these, that there is a bright side. Feel like you could use a little help spotting the silver lining? Let’s break down a typical no good, very bad day on the job with an eye for the good.


1. Your alarm goes off roughly five hours after you’ve fallen asleep. Your first instinct is panic and confusion.

The bright side?

You were so exhausted when you arrived home from your shift that you fell asleep eating slice #2 of the pizza you ordered. Which leaves EIGHT SLICES for today’s breakfast and lunch.


2. You were in a rush this morning, and you left your coffee mug on the counter.

However, it could be worse.

You could have remembered said coffee, only to spill it all over your clean scrubs while making a sharp left.

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2 Responses to Finding the silver lining during a no good, very bad day

  1. icumomof3

    my single handedly worst day ever was a year ago when all 3 of my patients expired in 95 minutes. the first was a code that came to me as a rapid response. while tending to that patient (before they coded), i needed to be at the bedside of a patient that the doctor was doing an apnea test (to pronounce brain death) on a young 40 something with brain cancer and also signing the papers to limit treatment on my 3rd patient on the opposite side of the unit. I needed to get the paperwork signed by the proxy and get the morphine drip, but then had to run across the hall to be at the bedside with my brain dead patient as the doctor told the family…..went to my other patient next door, who after the rapid was responding and talking to us. went into the room and noticed changes on the tele monitor yelled for my pca to grab a stat EKG, yelled at my coworker for help and hit the code alarm. while i am coding that patient the attending for the patient that was pronounced brain dead was standing in the doorway wanting to know when i was going to withdraw his patient…..1st death at 1430, the next at1530, and the last one at 1605…….while i sat at the nurses station with paperwork for all 3 patients spread out in front of me, i started to giggle looked at my charge nures (who is also my bff) and said, “well, at least i will have new patients tomorrow.”……..then she got a call about an er that needed to emergently come up…..i looked at her and said ” i cannot physically or emotionally take that patient right now, but if you need me to i will. this paperwork can wait.” she gave that patient to another nurse and told me not to worry about anything that she knew i would do what i needed to for the unit. we all kind of laugh now at the “record” that i have and pray that nobody ever breaks it….

  2. Nurse420

    My horrible horrible horrible day was finally over 16 hrs later….someone said you OK? I realized my day was so bad it was comical. I laughed and so did everybody else. I refuse to let it break me. I’m a survivor!