Day one of three…

I finished the first of three nights of work.  The halls still quiet and now even with a stranger feel.  “prepare for the surge”.  It sounds so ominous.  A strange quiet that we hear and a strange “vibe” we all feel. When I hear it worded this way I think of a tsunami.  Right now …

The halls were quiet…

The halls were quiet.  This first of two nights on shift was quiet.  The second night a bit quieter.  Now, don’t me wrong.  Patients are there, the patient noise level is still there, but there is something almost eery about walking into work and feeling a different vibe in the air. Day one, I walked …

Will it be quieter?

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, whatever sounds easier to say, the bottom line it has managed to do what other pandemics have done:  Infect, sicken and kill.  Cause confusion, fear, anxiety, and so many other emotions all thought about in a matter of minutes.  Stay at home, work from home, self-quarantine for persons over age 65 for …

What day is it?

What day is it?  That was the question I was asked about at 8am today when I got my first phone call of the day.  “Excuse me”?, I said repeating the question.  “you heard me”, she said, “what day is it and what time is it as well”? I was at my other job today.  …

ONS Leadership Conference… can’t forget to be a tourist too…

My first Leadership Conference! I am a nurse.  I am sure that you figured this out by now.  I have been a nurse for 17 years and an Oncology nurse for 16 of those years.  I belong to the Oncology Nursing Society and am a new board member of my chapter.  2 years ago I …

Um, excuse me, can I just do my job?

Hey, I need to just assess my patient Coming on my 4th night shift, I am a little salty.  Sleep deprivation is at its highest and coffee is not hitting the high note, but I am beyond alert and oriented.  I have worked the night shift for almost 18 years and I know some of …