I just had to reply to this post
b/c I too have been baptized by fire into the med/surg world, it happened years ago when I first started nursing, It was wild and messy!! and then
I learned how to stay away from M/S not b/c I didn't like it, but b/c like housework, if done properly it will kill you... :wink:
Now for some reason I thought I might "Moonlight" over at the rural hospital near to where I live, it seemed like a harmless idea, only 30 beds and a good way to pick up a lil $$ for my daughters up coming Graduation......The following is a true story:
My first day of orientation to M/S went like this : 7am til 1pm nothing unusual but then at 1:22pm the bottom fell out and 8 admits came from out of the woodwork (all either acute or critical) ...
The ER was full and they needed beds so...well you know... (the word on the street was the owner of this hospital was upset b/c we were not full)...
Anyway as I was "orienting" with this nice nurse lady and the bottom fell out I was no longer "orientating" but soon taking on patients, since she was tied up with a GI bleed that we were trying to transfuse but couldn't d/t antibodies from Hep C and he was on a bad trip from some street drug ...
then we got an insulin drip., (my sister who works there too helped us with that one).....one town drunk needing a bannana bag, which I had to mix up
and then a pt with chest pain and two with NG tubes ( and a partridge in a pare tree!! )......plus I had to keep running supplies to nice nurse lady with the GI bleed...finally EMS got there at 6pm and picked up insulin drip pt and GI bleed pt....we took a deep breath and finished up paper work and reported off at 6:45 pm and night shift took over.....my husband gets to hear all the war stories and his response was "Oh that was good for you, it keeps your skills up!!" he thinks I get off to wild messy days!!