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What I’d like for Nurses Week next year, part 1


2. Enough time, just for one day, to eat lunch. Or if that’s too much, enough time to pee twice during a shift or maybe grab a glass of water. This isn’t a problem in all places, but in those places where it is a problem, the problem’s well-nigh intractable. If you work in the emergency department of a big-city hospital on a weekend night, you’ve likely developed the ability to ignore basic physical signals for hours, and the chance to visit the bathroom sounds like heaven. (We call it a “fluid rotation” on my floor.)

Next: An acknowledgement of something I’ve done right or done well lately. →

Agatha Lellis
Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at

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