Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The power of Tylenol

Oh my goodness WHAT A DAY. It was one of those days at work where I was like...I don't think I can do this. It took forever to do morning medications between getting a late-ish report, only have one nursing assistant for the entire floor (so when all "fall risk" patients, which is 95% of patients because EVERYONE is on fall precautions with a bed alert, decide they have to go to the bathroom, you have to stand there with them), having paper charting (entering orders in takes at least three steps, not to mention the fact that your book with medication lists needs to be taken away in order to enter the orders), and just the general fact that this is only my third week. We got about 15 minutes for lunch (we get half an hour knocked out of our pay), and then I started charting after giving report, so I got out about an hour late. The amount of charting we have to do is obscene!

I'm kind of jealous of people who do twelve hour shifts (which appears to be every nurse that reads this!) because when I had twelve hour shifts in nursing school, I actually felt like I could get everything done. There was usually a little afternoon lull (about where the 3pm shift change occurs!) where I could play catch up. Not to mention the three day work week! I wasn't offered twelve hour shifts, but I would snatch them up if I could.

Around 4pm I felt like I got hit by a truck, and I had a grumpy drive home because the traffic patterns here never cease to amaze me. When I got home, I took some Tylenol and laid down for about 45 minutes. I have NEVER been one to nap, so I have to feel pretty bad/tired to do that. The Tylenol definitely helped and I felt much better when I woke up! I reheated my leftovers for dinner (glorious!), and ended up heading out for a run around 8pm.

Tuesday, June 2
5.20 miles in 40:20, avg pace of 7:45

I did awesome on the hills today! Even my biggest climb was under an eight minute mile. It got up into the low 80's today, but since I headed out kind of late, the warmth from the sun was gone and it was warm, yet cool. It makes sense, I promise! I had wanted to do eight miles today, but I was trying to beat the sunset so I cut it to five. This worked well because I pulled up into the driveway as the sun was going down!

Time to head to bed and do it all again tomorrow!


  1. that's SO awesome you still got a run in! Sounds like it's pretty stressful! Keep your head up girl you definitely deserved that nap!

  2. Oof, sounds like a long day. I'm impressed you got a speedy run in after all that. Mad props, lady!

  3. Aww sorry for the long day...hope it gets better soon. I'm interested to see what my days will be like during my internship in the hospital. Do you have any experience working with dietitians or any advice for a future dietitian who will be working with lots of nurses? :-)

    Great job with the post-work run!

  4. Sorry your day sucked!! Welcome to life as a nurse, where you never know if you will get a lunch break or not!! At least working 8 hours you still can get stuff done when you get off:)

  5. Sounds like my kind of run! :)

    Your workload looks intense - at least you are able to keep calm even when things get crazy (I would get grumpy on the ride home, too, though!)

    Hope tomorrow is a better day :)

  6. What a stressful day! The 3 12-hour days does sound like a good plan. And it sounds common. I wonder why your hospital doesn't offer it?

    Sometimes I love a late evening run like that! See - you are already starting to conquer those hills!

  7. Pffffttt on the power of Tylenol - how about the power of Susan pulling a run like that at 8p?

    Eight-hour day shift is the WORSE. I got mongo migraines, & by the time I got caught up, it was close to 7p anyhow. It's nice to have those last 4 hours from 3p-7p to get caught up (if you can).

    I love my night shift :)

  8. I think you are going to rock the hills from now on. Way to get out for a run after a long day.

  9. Eek what a day. I probably would have passed out and not gotten up to run at all after that! Good for you for getting out there.

  10. You are doing a great job nurse susan! :) I'm sure the patients are glad to have such a sweet and smart nurse helping them out. Keep up the running and your stress level will be kept in check. Keep up the good work! :)

  11. What a day! A nap VERY well earned.

  12. it WILL get better :) but there will still be some difficult days. i hate to say it but sometimes i'm still like, "what have i gotten myself into?!" nursing is the hardest job i've had (and i had two other full-time jobs, previously). even the best nurses get behind sometimes, so don't worry, you are doing great!

    oh and props on the speedy run. that's the drawback of 12 hour shifts ... it's darn near impossible to do much afterwards because you're so tired.