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My name is Cory. I am a mom, a wife, a NaNa, and a critical care nurse that lives in Nashville, TN. I have found my calling in ER/Trauma/ICU. Each day I find myself experiencing life changing events and hope that by reading my posts, you will experience and feel some of what I do. If you read nothing else, please take time to read "The Hardest Question Ever Asked". It's my very first posting. And if for some reason you think you see your story don't. It's not about you or anyone you know. =)


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Monday, January 08, 2007

Ya Gotta Be A Little Nuts To Work Nightshift SERIES - Story #2

STORY #2 (Not as funny as the first or the next but it makes me smile....)
This first story isn't quite as funny as some but it happened to EVERY NURSE that ever walked through those swining doors on Trauma. To give you an idea of how the unit is set up, each set of beds has a telephone and computer between the beds so that we can call Dr's, enter orders, look up labs, etc. without leaving the patient's bedside. And it's a round room so the nurses station can see all of the beds. At some point, the (new) nurse will have to go to the bathroom. When he/she does, all are called out of their "cubbies" to watch. As he or she is returning, someone from the nurses station calls to the bedside to make the phone ring. The new nurse always "anxious and ready" for the doctor's calls or the family's calls runs over and puts it up to the ear with a chipper but ever professional "blah, blah, trauma unit, this is "newbie nurse" can I help you?" And then just as the blood drains from his face, everyone starts laughing as about a 1/2 pound of KY jelly is dripping off of the side of his head. And of course we make sure we do it as early in the shift as possible so they have to go around all night with "the mark of the newbie". Believe me, this is an awful feeling.......

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 9:51 AM

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