Archive for September, 2010

Yes I really don’t mind the night shift. I’m more of a night hawk anyhow, after many years of working the evening shift…which was my favourite shift of all time. I hate waking up to the alarm screaming in my ear. It jolts me out of the wonderful place I was in and yes, I’ve tried the radio function and this is too soothing, I just fall back to sleep. My friend at work uses this, and says it’s great, but she works steady days (nurse facilitator) so her body is tuned to pretty much the same time of waking daily. We shift workers who bounce back and forth continually, can’t get our systems used to anything!

I loved evening shift, afternoon shift, or 3-11…whatever you call it where you live,….it was wonderful. I could sleep in, and got home at a reasonable time, but I could never go straight to sleep, I had to watch t.v. for a while to get relaxed. That’s how I became a night hawk.

Now, I find that even on day shift, I can’t get to bed much before midnight…I’m tired, but I tend to go on the computer and work on my stores, or catch up on emails, or create more designs, anything but sleep! I don’t know why, it’s something to do with my time at home being precious and I stave off the coming 12 hour shift by staying up…? I don’t know.
I’m nearly dead when I get up in the morning, but once I’ve had a shower I’m not too bad…then after about 2-4pm I start flagging again!

When I worked evenings, I must point out, they were only 8 hour shifts…but I worked up to 8 of them in a row! It had to do with the way our schedule was set up, we had to take our days off in certain blocks, and have 2 out of 5 weekends off, so it forced us to work 7-8 in a row. We would have only two days off, and because then we did self-scheduling, I would give myself four days off once a month as a break, (Sat.Sun.Mon.Tue.) it worked for me. Plus I could control how many day shifts I worked, and make it 3 days and 4 evenings…which also gave me a little break in the middle. You have to get creative!

Now I’m on a so-called master schedule, that sucks! They’ve changed our ‘master’ so many times since it started….now have just changed our line again….I’m so annoyed because I had booked vacation for rest of year so I could forget about the ‘deadlines for posting’…and now have to re-book it again! Ugh!

The only good thing about 12 hours is that there’s no more than 3 in a row. And before any of you say…well, what about all those extra days off…one week I work 2 twelves, and the next I work FIVE! (not in a row). So they kind of cancel each other out!

Yes, I like nights much better…going in tonight…hope it’s quiet. Even nights where I am…in psychiatry…can be hectic…depending on how full the Moon is!” :0)

Note: (and yes I’m leaving this spelling of ‘favourite’ the way it is, because in Canada that’s the way we spell it! British influence…plus I’m British born! LOL!
I switch the spelling of words a lot as I deal with mainly Americans on my shops and blogs, it’s easier than getting comments like “hey you spelled that wrong”…but sometimes I get tired of it y’know!)

Hi all,
This is a somber day for a lot of people.
Today is the 9th anniversary of the terrible tragedy that rocked the world, 9/11. We all recall what we were doing on that fateful day when the world was changed forevermore.

I was at home that day. I had just come into my bedroom, after taking a shower, when the phone rang and it was my son calling to ask if I had the t.v. on? When I said no, he told me to turn it on as something awful had happened. At first I couldn’t get my head around what I was seeing on the screen. I changed channels and every channel was showing the same thing…over and over.

I remember asking him, “What is this? What am I watching? Where is this?” It looked like a movie to me, I couldn’t figure out why he wanted me to watch this, and then I realized that this was no movie…it was dreadfully real.

I still feel sick when I see those newscasts, and today I guess they’ll be replaying them again. I think about all those brave firefighters, policemen and women, medical personnel, and of course I think of the nurses as I am one…and how hard and long they must have worked that day and all the days to come.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that my heart goes out to all the families, and friends of all those poor people that perished that horrible day, and who have to live with these memories for the rest of their lives.

Today is a day to remember the dead, and the living, and pray that sanity will one day return to our world.

I felt I needed some uplifting, and so have placed two videos on this site today, and have given them their own page entitled “Inspiring Videos”…I hope you like them. There are so many inspiring stories out there, of health-care workers who make a difference every day, I am going to look for more videos, and stories to re-tell.

If you have a video that you think is inspiring and features nurses or other health-care providers, please send me a message and let me take a look!
Have a great day, and give your loved ones a hug and remember to tell them you love them.

Sorry I haven’t posted recently…blogging isn’t top of my priority list, but as this site is new, I guess it should be!
Fortunately or unfortunately my job in the real world of psychiatric nursing has kept me away from here. I work 12 hour shifts, days and nights…it’s not fun! At my age, this isn’t how I envisioned my life as a nurse I can tell you!
Really…I’m not sure what I envisioned way back when I was starting out. I was, like all nurses I’m sure, just a tad green, and idealistic. Of course there are nurses starting their careers purely for monetary reasons I’m sure. It’s a well paid profession, and why shouldn’t that be a factor?
I know when I had to find a career to support me and my little son, it was certainly a factor in my decision making. I had my own set of priorities, not necessarily in this order.

1. Find a job that was secure.
2. Find a job that I would be happy in (long term).
3. Find a job that I could perform in many places, and situations.
4. Find a job that paid enough to support me and my family.

I had, as I’ve mentioned before, been interested in nursing from a young age. Mainly because I saw myself as a helper, a rescuer probably more like! When we’re young we have idealistic, and probably naive views of the world, and I was no different than most young women. I wanted to do something good for people, and also for myself.
So I entered the nursing profession.
I was a young single mother, and life was hard. I struggled for many years, and the money though good, was not as good as it is today. I was still on the poverty level of the time, and we were in a recession. I had student loans to repay at high interest rates…if I recall rightly, prime rate then was 12 or 13%…unlike the fabulous rates of today.
I also got no child support, (or any other kind), and there wasn’t much legal recourse to get it then, none that worked, but that’s another story!
So…I’m getting away from my original thought for this post, which is…computers and technology, and nursing today.
I have just finished three days of education at my facility…Meditech training…ugh~my head is spinning! We have never charted on the computer before now…I know…we are definitely behind the times. However, it hasn’t been all bad.
The computer is a wonderful device, and I love mine. That said, although I think the technology is going to be better for us in the long term…as now all the added paperwork we are being asked to do is bogging down my nursing practice…I sort of yearn for the old days.

At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur…I have fond memories of our old hospital, archaic though some would see it. There were no tick sheets, forms to initial endlessly, no faxing, no mindless photocopying, no staying after hours just to catch up with the paperwork, nothing to get in the way of what I was supposed to be there for…being a good nurse to my patients!
Don’t get me wrong…there was of course a down side to this…ie. there was also less safety, no alarm systems for instance! More on that another time.

I know that the paperwork I’m forced to complete now is going to be lessened with the advent of computerized charting and everything that entails. A lot of the things we’re doing now will be done by the system, it will automatically notify different dept.’s when there’s a new order, or some change…so that’s great. But there are other things that won’t change…like the SOAPE charting that they’ve introduced in my hospital…which I haven’t done since I was a student! At that time I was training in the general hospital, and in my opinion it is good for that type of nursing, but in Psychiatry? I don’t think so! Our charting is usually multi-focused and so SOAPE charting just doesn’t make sense for us…but try telling the management that~they think it’s the ‘bees knees’….sorry, now that IS dating me~LOL!

We’re going ‘live’ in October….say some prayers for me will you?

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