Nursing Voices

Friday, November 10, 2006

I've been busy.

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Main Entry: hi·a·tus
Pronunciation: hI-'A-t&s
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, from hiare to yawn -- more at YAWN
1 a : a break in or as if in a material object : GAP b : a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ
2 a : an interruption in time or continuity : BREAK; especially : a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted b : the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound

Can the word "yawn" be contagious when read?

As the day charge nurse aptly put last night upon my arrival, "Everything was going okay until 4:00pm, when the skies opened up and started raining pregnant women!" Well, the day nurses this morning came on to a very nice board, due in large part to the fact that we delivered the whole flood of patients that were left to us, along with another wave that followed.

Note to self: do not EVER make comment to departing shift based upon the current census on the floor along the lines of "Well, it must have been a good night (or day, as applies to situation)... you're all just sitting around." The fact is, we got our butts kicked and then did it all over again a couple of times and right now we're sitting here staring at each other because every ounce of energy we may have had is completely gone.

On that note, nighty-night!


Anonymous said...

As a fellow L/D RN(survivor),I have found your blog quite funny...espec. the OBTriage rant (it is a carbon copy of our personal hell too).
Are you finding your deliveries are up in your area of the country also? I think with all the celebrities being pregnant... it is "trendy" to be pregnant. We've been getting our butts whipped every shift for the last 6 months...filling every bed almost constantly...12 hr shifts that are routinely 14-16 hrs so you can sit down to chart after you stop working on patients. Try being in charge, running the 3 bed triage, & laboring or covering a laboring pt for another RN who has gone for a c/s....this was my day yesterday. I need the next few days off the get up the nerve to go back for my next beating.

apgaRN said...

We have talked about how it seems to be "busy" more of the time than not. I don't know if the numbers would reflect that, but I'm starting to think that busy is just our new "normal." Hard to say... L&D definitely keeps life interesting and as a fellow charge nurse, you must learn to be flexible, multi-talented and a fast runner. Last weekened we managed to do two crash C-sections almost simultaneously with one anesthesiologist on. I sometimes wonder how my heart will eventually weather the amount of adrenaline it experiences on a regular basis. :)

apgaRN said...

And thanks for the compliment! I'm enjoying the blogging experience as well... just don't know how some of the more prolific bloggers keep it up!