This post is admittedly a little random, but it focuses on two major features of working as a nurse on my unit and working nights: first, the randomness that defines the hours between 0300-0600 (commonly known in my workplace and many others as “the wall”, wherein everyone is so tired and so slap happy that you never know what the conversation will bring) and second, the long-running tradition of teasing the charge nurses.
Charge nurses have a tough job. I’ve been a charge nurse before, and it’s certainly not a job I envy. In charge of organizing the other nurses, making patient assignments, and keeping the floor afloat, charge nurses are used to rolling with the punches, especially the ones that come from their own staff.
Enjoy a sample of a typical discussion right around 0400, when most of us are actively “hitting the wall”.
To all the charge nurses everywhere…thank you for what you do! And remember, we only tease the ones we love!