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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Not a Morning Person (Niki Starts Dayshift)

Chapter 54 I am not a morning person. The alarm of my cell phone rings loudly while the device vibrates maniacally against the top of the nightstand. Trying to silence it, I accidentally knock it to the floor where it continues to thrash. I get up and turn the damn thing off, replacing it on […]

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Night Shift’s Dirty Little Secret (Niki comes to a realization)

Chapter 53  If you ask night shift nurses they will tell you the truth: There are times we don’t remember driving home from work. It’ s not a case of being asleep behind the wheel. It’s more like getting into a zone or trance-like state. It’s night shift’s dirty little secret. For me, the way […]

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Their Pounding Hearts (parenthood is hard)

  Chapter 52 “Maddie certainly is your daughter, Niki. The family resemblance is startling,” laughs Gerald when I tell him and Liz about Maddie’s pranks. “Gerald, are you calling me a smart ass?” “Uh, yeah.” “Amber should lighten up a little,” says Liz. “I’d give anything if Nathan pulled simple hijinks like that instead of […]

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Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons & Green Clovers (Maddie Acts Out)

Chapter 50 Simon and Amber were married. The baby is due soon. Maddie is silent regarding updates about the birth, however. Shortly after the wedding, she stopped talking about home life with her father. I know something’s brewing. Kris married Spider Rodrigo, and left the PICU to tour with Kushion. Her day shift position is […]

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