Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day shifter??

Today I joined the normal world and actually worked a day shift.(gasp!!) I picked up an extra shift (School cloths to pay for) and worked from 7A-3:30. It seemed so strange to be working during the day after working nights for eight years. I have been thinking about trying to get a "day job" for a while now but now I'm just not sure. It's (literally) as different as day and night around that place. The noise just about drove me crazy. We can be totally crazy at night and things will still seem somewhat quiet. I just don't know if I can get use to it. Every time the operator would come over head (which I learned happened quite frequently) my heart would stop for a quick second because if you hear her at night it means that you better get ready to spring into action because it means that either 1. There's a fire somewhere 2. Someones not breathing 3. Theres been a bomb threat, and the list goes on, but you get the picture.=) Not to mention people are everywhere, stockers, dietary, doctors, Linen people, housekeeping and many others I never knew existed!!
Hmmm I really have some thinking to do.....

And since I'm on the subject of my lovely profession, a co-worker forwarded this to me the other day. All I can say is funny, but also sooo true!!

You know you're a nurse when..

1) the front of your scrubs reads "Nurses... here to
save your ass, not kiss it!"

2) you occasionally park in the space with the
"physicians only" sign... and knock it over.

3) you believe some patients are alive only because it's
illegal to kill them.

4) you recognize that you can't cure stupid.

5) you own at least three pens with the names of
prescription medications on them.

6) you believe there's a special place in hell for the
inventor of the call light.

7) you believe that saying "it can't get any worse"
causes it to get worse just to show you it can.

8) you wash your hands BEFORE you go to the bathroom.

9) you believe that any job where you can drive to work
in your pajamas is a cool one.

10) you consider a tongue depressor an eating utensil.

11) eating microwave popcorn out of a clean bedpan is
perfectly natural.

12) you've been exposed to so many x-rays that you
consider it a form of birth control.

13) you've ever heard a patient with a nose ring, a brow
ring, and twelve earrings say "I'm afraid of shots."

14) you've ever placed a bet
on someone's blood alcohol level.

15) you've told a confused patient that your name is that
of a coworker and to call if they need help.

16) your bladder can expand to the size of a winnebago's
water tank.

17) you have seen more penises than any prostitute could
dream of.

18) you believe that not all patients are annoying...
some are unconscious.

19) your family and friends refuse to watch medical
sitcoms with you because you spend the whole time
correcting everyone and pointing out upside down

20) you don't get excited about blood, unless it's your

21) you've sworn to have "do not resuscitate" tattooed on
your chest. Soon.

22) discussing dismemberment over a gourmet meal
is perfectly normal to you.

23) your idea of fine dining is anywhere you can sit down
to eat.

24) your idea of a good time is a cardiac arrest at shift

25) you believe in the aerial spraying of prozac.

26) you believe that "shallow gene pool" should be a
recognized diagnosis.

27) you believe that the government should require
permits to reproduce.

28) you believe that unspeakable evils will befall anyone
who utters the phrase "Wow, it's really quiet, isn't it?

29) you have ever wanted to write a book entitled
"Suicide: getting it right the first time."

30) you have ever had a patient look you straight in the
eye and say "I have no idea how that got stuck in there."

31) you've had to leave a patient's room before
you begin to laugh uncontrollably.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Crazy busy

We have been so busy that its been a while since I've been able to get on here to think long enough to post anything with any substance. But I was going through my e-mail and getting rid of things I don't need when I can across this link. I know I already forwarded it to some of you but I have to say that I found it just as inspiring and touching as the first time I seen it.

Also here are some pictures from our afternoon at Pere Marquette beach. Hopefully the toxic algae didn't do to much damage to them! ;)