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Most relaxing job as a nurse?

Fair to say that most nurses are not only busy, but they are usually working on units that are understaffed and lack resources. Most of us are on our feet all day caring for patients and pushing paper. Some of us get the 'luxury' of roaming around training new recruits. All in all 'busy' doesn't begin to describe the typical day for the average nurse.

But then there are those jobs that aren't so 'average'. Ones where sitting around the computer killing time is a common occurrence.

Any stories, anecdotes, or observations from the most relaxing/easiest nursing jobs out there?

12 comments:

  1. I work Mom/Baby and, while the job is immensely rewarding, there are some days where I *wish* something would happen. If all my moms are independent with breastfeeding and have their pain under control, there's not a lot to do on Night Shift except hope that someone updates Facebook so I have something new to read. Generally, the first two hours of the shift are crazy busy as you assess and settle everyone in for the night. Then from 0200-0500 there's practically nothing to do. Then from 0500-0700 you cram in all the morning stuff: pain meds, getting your C-section patients up for the first time, DCing foleys. It'd be much nicer if it was a steady calm stream of activity rather than RUSHRUSHRUSH-sitsitsit-RUSHRUSHRUSH

    Having said that, I now assume that work tonight will be hell straight through :)

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    1. Man do I know how to call it!

      Tonight I was 1:2, with one of my patients requiring multiple transfusions after a nasty case of HELLP (with a liver hematoma to cap it off). Hct 19, Plts 33 and liver enzymes higher than I thought they could go! So tonight I spent almost the whole time in the patient's room hanging products and taking vitals. And they *still* might have to transfer her to ICU or Stepdown. They were trying to avoid it so she could be with her baby.

      I'm just lucky my other patient was so carefree and understanding!!

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    2. You sure called it! But I guess it's good to be busy sometimes.

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    3. Wow, I didn't expect the night shift to have long periods of nothing to do. At that point it'd be nice to have a smart phone with some games on it. I just glad it my friend that has a travel nurse job, because adding all of that driving to the mix would be interesting.

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  2. hi threre:) From Norway, now working with lungcanser patients, used to have a job as a nurse in a hotel. Actually. That was chill. No patient contact what so ever, just there as a "in case" nurse. But boring..Now, not a moment without it seems. And it´s great. I did go to school and chose this line of work because I like nursing... I guess. Then again, I guess it´s different in Norway. We´ve got a stroooong union over here, and really great shifts hourwise..7,5 hours daytime, 8 hours nighttime and 10 hours ´till morning time. How are the shifts over there?
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  3. Hi everyone! I work as an Emergency Nurse in Canada and do often feel like no matter what type of day or night shift it is, there is always something to do, on my feet 90% of the time, physically demanding, constantly prioritizing, often critical situations... and managing without sometimes...and often feel physically exhausted after a shift. We work in 4 shift sets of 12 hour shifts: DDNN, that is two day shifts 0715 to 1915 and then two night shifts 1915-0715... I DREAM of a different shift set up...and like hearing what they do in Norway. So, do those hours apply to nurses that work in the hospital as well?

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    1. For the ER it can be go go go. You should be getting enough rest to perform properly. The reality is you may not get your breaks like a normal worker, but you should always be sharp enough to make the right decisions.

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  4. I am working as a CNA and i bet you CNA jobs can give you good wealth and harmony within.

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  5. Hi I am a nurse too and I stumbled on to your page while looking for nurse blogs so dont mind me just thought I say hello =)

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  6. I think the only time I've seen a nurse "killing time" by a computer is when he/she is charting.

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