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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Something Goes Wrong (Nice families always have the sickest kids)

Chapter 8 Besides my fourteen year-old head trauma there is only one other patient in the PICU.  Because that one is stable and expected to transfer to the regular pediatric unit in the morning, staffing for our night shift dropped down to two nurses, Kathy, and myself. The fourteen year old’s parents had been at the bedside […]

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