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I am having trouble keeping up with this nursing blog…’cos…well…I’m a nurse!

I’ve just arrived home from the night shift, and felt I couldn’t wait another day to post something so today’s topic is Meditech. For those not in the loop, and if you’re in nursing that number must be small, Meditech is computerized charting and general clinical documentation (for want of better terminology after being up all night!)…plus the added bonus of computerized medication dispensation. All very big words…like “marmalade”…as a friend of mine used to say.

The first day, which was also a night shift for me…was the other day just before my days off, so I only had one to put in at least. It was generally speaking, a day filled with computer glitches, and confusion with a dash of chaos all of which tended to bog us down and s-l-o-w-l-y drive us insane (and as we were in a Psych. hospital, this was probably the best place for us!). I was so far behind it wasn’t funny, and this was due to 4 nurses and two education people all trying to cram into the small med. room that we have and attempting to use two carts, while navigating a new complicated system, along with the equipment malfunctioning every so often just for kicks!

At one point I was so frustrated I felt like crying, I really did. I think it was the feeling of being out of control of the situation and feeling like I’d never ‘get it’, and every day to come would be like this. However….today, after a couple of days off, I’m back, and last night was actually….pretty good! Yes I still made a minor med. error ( I was waiting for that to happen in all the confusion)…but I was a little quicker, and the charting went faster, and the screens were starting to make some kind of weird sense to me…I’m learning a few tips and hints every day to make life easier…so all in all, I feel much calmer about it now than I did.

I know in the end, it will be much better for us all, and maybe, just maybe I’ll have some time saved in which to be able to spend quality time with my patients like I used to do in the “old days”, (all you new nurses out there reading this will have to forgive that term, but never fear one day you’ll hear yourself saying it too!)

Now I wish I could find a way to get rid of SOAPE charting and life would be almost perfect!

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.

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