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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For Whom the Phone Rings (Niki does ‘wine by phone’)

Chapter 10 After working a night shift, my soundest sleep occurs between 10 am and noon. At 11 am the ringing of our landline phone wakes me. Drowsily, I pick up thinking it could be the school calling about Maddie. What if she’s sick, or hurt? But I forgot, the school only has Simon’s and […]

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Call 911 (Niki comes to the aid of a family in distress at the grocery store)

Chapter 4 The rest of that shift was uneventful. Once dayshift arrived, I gave report on the new admission, and my other patient too. I wash my hands, use the restroom, and wash my hands again. Never get into a car with a full bladder. I leave the hospital by the ER exit on my […]

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