Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Another silly nursing cartoon

OK, I know that's not funny to anyone who doesn't spend their days assessing breath sounds and looking at hospital gowns and openings of all sorts :)

It's been a busy week at work. 3 patients on my team passed away, and one ended up with paralysis from spinal cord compression. I am caring for a wonderful lady who is the mother of one of my children's school-mates. She is very strong, but her diagnosis is horrible. It's hard some days to leave work at work. I really connect with the patients and families on the unit. Others drive me absolutely up the wall, lol. I am so glad to work with such a great team where we can laugh and cry together every shift...

It seems like I was the "go to nurse" for family emotional issues this week at work. I need to recharge my batteries...

Maybe it was the fact that I was operating left-handed due to a dead arm (nerve stuff)... I think that I appeared half-human to other people who know suffering.

At least what I see at work makes my life seem pretty darn cooshy!!

5 comments:

CrazyCath said...

Take care of yourself Shawna! Burn out is just around the corner. You are not a robot...

You have feelings.

mdmhvonpa said...

Perhaps you should change your nom-de-plume from Nervus Rex to Nervous Wreck!

BRAINCHEESE said...

Hehe...you said crack...hehe...

OMG BECKY! Of course nursing humor is generally only funny to nurses...hits too close to home otherwise. One of my favorites is the phone call to the urology clinic where the nurse answers the phone, "Urology...can you hold?" That STILL cracks me up years later (hehe...I said crack).

As far as being the numb-armed go to nurse...perhaps that numb arm is trying to tell you something??? Just a thought...sigh...giving another nurse medical advice is like peeing into the Colorado River from the South Rim and thinking you're going to influence the water table (which I have NEVER done by the way...LOL). Be nice to yourself...

Linda D. in Seattle

Diane J Standiford said...

I have such respect for nurses. I don't know where you find the courage.

Nervus Rex said...

I'm honestly thankful for people who can make me laugh!!

Cath, I tend to forget about the feelings. I need a mental holiday!

I'm proud of you, Pa, for decoding my nom-de-plume, LOL :)

Linda, just keep pissininnariver and eventually, you'll make an impression of some sort!

Diane, you are one of the most courageous women I know!