The Excitement of a Nurse  

rm_MrOral70 46M
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9/8/2005 6:04 am

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The Excitement of a Nurse


It's 5p.m. and my alarm has just gone off. Damn! Another day at work! I jump in the shower wondering what kind of night is it going to be. Yeah, it's rewarding and I get to meet new people and take care of their needs, but who is it going to be tonight. Am I going to have to take care of a frequent flyer alcoholic who can't say no to rum? Am I going to have the battered wife who can't find a way to get out of that relationship? Am I going to get the alzheimer's patient who is going to be yelling out of her mind driving me crazy? No time to think about that now.

7p.m. and I arrive at work and it is time to get report. Wow! I have been assigned to E.R. bed 7. I hope we don't get any cardiac arrests tonight. I don't know how I am going to handle another emotional family. Having to talk to them of what is going on. What we are doing for their loved one. Oh God! Priority one severe cardiac arrest coming through the door. No time to think.... "Patient was found unconcious at home! EKG tracing shows V Fib, which converted into asytole despite our efforts!" Yells the captain of the fire rescue. No time to think about anything now.

"Get the monitor hooked up! You and You start another two lines for med administration. Start writing down times of medication administration. Lets get somebody to relieve fire rescue on chest compressions. Alright, Defib 300 joules.... charging.... clear! ZZZthump! Charging..... clear! ZZZthump! Charging.... clear! ZZZthump! First three shocks are delivered per hospital protocol no change. "1st dose of epi ready using low dose .01mg/kg." Yells one of the nurses.. Lets keep the CPR going people I call out. Epi is in at 2359... CPR for 30 - 60 second to try and circulate. Charging..... clear! ZZZThump! Nothing! Atropine is ready for admin so we give it to the patient who is more than likely gone but protocol states we have to go for it. Charging.... clear! ZZZthump! Nothing! Epi high dose is ready for admin... and so we continue. "Switch" you here a team member call out. Their arms tired from the chest compressions. "Come on!!" I think to myself. This person is only 32 years old. We continue hoping for a miracle but the miracle never comes. The E.R. doctor has to call it. The family is balling their eyes out in the back ground crying out to God, "how can this be!"

A hole night has passed and patients have come and gone. 7a.m. and I thought this night would never end. Report is given. Well, I guess I will just go home and go to sleep. Didn't get a chance to meet any new friends just see patients. Some worse than others. Probably sleep for 8 hours only to wake up and do it all over again. Sure wish I could meet someone and go out for a beer or a movie or bowling. Yeah, that would be nice.

Its 5p.m. and the alarm has gone off. Damn! Another day at work! I jump in the shower wondering what kind of night is it going to be. Yeah, it's rewarding and I get to meet new people and take care of their needs, but who is it going to be tonight. Am I going to have to take care of a frequent flyer alcoholic who can't say no to rum? Am I going to have the battered wife who can't find a way to get out of that relationship? Am I going to get the alzheimer's patient who is going to be yelling out of her mind driving me crazy? No time to think about that now.

rm_MrOral70 46M

9/8/2005 12:24 pm

We all go through life hoping we will never need a doctor or nurse. Its unfortunate that any of us should get sick. When you do need a nurse and you need your loved one or yourself cared for, you better hope and pray you get a nurse like myself compassionate and smart.


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