Maternal history:
Alcohol: denies
Smoking: denies
Illegal Drug Use: denies //

Infant History:
Spontaneous vaginal delivery RT abruption
Dysmorphic facial features consistent with FAS
NAS score = 14

Those rare and awesome moments when someone thinks that being a NICU nurse is the best thing ever…
Nightshift:
Working with interns/residents who don’t want to listen…
Single Nurse Conundrum… When your friends judge you for flirting with the a-hole doctor on service…
When the outgoing charge nurse has just finished going on for 10 minutes about how awful their shift was and how it’s only going to get worse for you…

When the nurse who’s supposed to relieve you for lunch is late…
Something to remember. It’s hard when we have more and more demanding our attention each shift… More patients with less staff, higher acuity, management making cuts or restructuring staffing models. It all hurts the bottom line: the time we give to our patients. But absolutely nothing can replace an extra minute or two out of our day for a patient or their family in need. 

(Also speaking of time; there are still some great questions stacking up in my inbox right now. I’m sorry that I’ve been pretty absent here lately and left some of you hanging. There’s a pretty long post coming soon about what’s been going on in my little world that will explain some of that. Either way, please know that I value each and every one of my followers/colleagues out there that make this whole thing possible in the first place.)

Something to remember. It’s hard when we have more and more demanding our attention each shift… More patients with less staff, higher acuity, management making cuts or restructuring staffing models. It all hurts the bottom line: the time we give to our patients. But absolutely nothing can replace an extra minute or two out of our day for a patient or their family in need.

(Also speaking of time; there are still some great questions stacking up in my inbox right now. I’m sorry that I’ve been pretty absent here lately and left some of you hanging. There’s a pretty long post coming soon about what’s been going on in my little world that will explain some of that. Either way, please know that I value each and every one of my followers/colleagues out there that make this whole thing possible in the first place.)

When I ask the intern a question…
The Evolution of the New Nurse…