What They Didn’t Teach You in Nursing School Series 2: Shift Workers are a Strange Breed
It takes a special type of person to work shifts in a hospital. Imagine dealing with sickness, death, body fluids, and pain all day every day at work. And those are the tame things that happen in hospitals. Shift workers work all hours of the night and day sacrificing family time, social lives, and sanity. Some don’t make it past their first year, and those who survive, do so for a reason.
Speaking from personal experience:
We are are generally nice, but jaded.
We use sarcasm as a coping mechanism.
We are tired. Always.
We drink coffee continuously, even without creamer.
We find humor in sick things.
We view out of the ordinary as normal.
We are never shocked.
Good veins top the list of our favorite things.
We thrive on adrenaline.
Wenckebach is sexy. (These med students think so too)
A good day is when no one dies.