...your average pt. load is such that in the rare event you have two minutes of free time in a twelve hour shift your forced to choose between offering a warm blanket or going pee. And this is in ER. It is even worse on the floors
Yes your are right. I have worked 12 hour shifts as well as 8 hour shifts.
There is never enough time to go pee or take a sigh of relief.
Most nights we have way to many patients
and each Dr has their own set of what you have to before the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery is up.
And then we have to follow protocal for the unit.
That means if we don't happen to know the protocall we have to get out the manual and look it up.
Just more work for us. Because if heaven forbid you should fail to follow protocal someone is very willing to write you up.