27 Reactions Every Nurse Experiences In A 12-Hour Shift

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

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If you’re a nurse, you’ll be all too familiar with these common reactions nurses experience on the job. Prepare yourself! Things are about to get real…

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When you arrive at work full of joy, hope and coffee:

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When you find out there aren’t enough nurses and you’ve been assigned 50 patients:

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When your coffee begins to wear off before your day starts, so you do the next logical thing:

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When you run into one of your favorite nurse buddies:

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When you find out that you two have been assigned different units:

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When you’re down to your last pen and someone asks to borrow it:

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When everything around you is falling apart but you still manage to put on your “resting nurse face” :

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When a not-so-pleasant patient threatens to sign an AMA:

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When a patient starts quoting WebMD:

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When you find and stick a nice juicy vein on the first try:

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When you catch an NPO patient trying to sneak a bite of food:

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When you try different tactics to convince your stomach that it’s not empty:

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When you stop to catch your breath for a second and realize you’re not doing as well as you thought you were:

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When a patient hits the call light for the tenth time in a row:

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When you’ve reached the point where coffee in a cup is no longer working:

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When you think you’ve seen it ALL in nursing…until one patient comes along to prove you wrong:

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When your favorite patient gets discharged:

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When a family member comes looking for you at the nurses station for the hundredth time:

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When you walk into a dementia patient’s room and find him playing with poop…and you’re not quite sure whether or not it’s his own:

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When you’re charting for the last patient of your shift:

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When you’re ready to clock out and the charge nurse asks if you would like to work another shift:

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When you’ve reached the end of your shift and you feel comfortable making statements like this:

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When you see the next shift of nurses walking in:

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When you’re ready to clock out for the day and realize you haven’t used the restroom in 12 hours:

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When you take that first, heavenly step outside:

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When you get into your car and waste NO time getting home:

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When you have a chance to think about your day and you realize that, no matter how hectic things get, you wouldn’t trade the #NurseLife for anything else!

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This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.
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