How to Sabotage a Shift (Niki Meets a Service Dog)

Chapter 56 Never, ever think your shift is easy and you may go home early. It’s the quickest way to sabotage it. The shift started well enough. I did vitals and passed meds for the two post-open heart patients first. They each have private rooms, and I chatted a bit with their respective parents. Transferring […]

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It’s Not Like You Work Five Days a Week (Twelve-hour night shifts are hard on marriages)

Chapter 14  For the third night in a row, I returned to the PICU. Shortly after shift report, the father of the child I told how to ask for pain meds for his kid walks in carrying three large boxes of pizzas. He sets them in front of me, on top of the nurses’ desk. […]

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Beer for Breakfast (The night shift goes out for breakfast)

Chapter 11 Fortunately, the next two shifts are uneventful, which actually feels weird after a traumatic shift like the last one. There’s not enough time in between to process what happens to our patients, and the role nurses play. Every so often, someone in hospital administration suggests holding “debriefing” meetings for the nurses after a […]

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