Saturday, October 19, 2013

ex cons, dead people and drunks: welcome to work

You know its gonna be a bad day when you note that there are overflow patients in the area you are about to open, and one of them is dead.  No one has had time to arrange for them to go to the morgue. 

You pass triage and some guy is saying in a loud voice: "I just broke my Dad out of jail". 

You pass a room and another guy is loudly telling a nurse that he, "just got out of the penitenary 3 weeks ago". He's drunk.

Okay there is a theme developing and I don't like it. 

Its downhill from there ending with a drunk guy who doesn't speak english and proceeds to talk loudly for the next 2 hours in his native tongue and of course he is right near the desk...


Kevin Demers said...

i cant imagine what this must be like. I'm going to school to become a registered nurse, i hope my experiences are a little bit more enjoyable than yours. I'm sure ill have these days too.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kevin...I don't know if I envy your optimism or secretly wish I was a fly on the wall when you launch...either way...I've been nursing 30 years and one thing I can tell you is that the career you've chosen will some days wear on your last nerve, make you bust a gut, cause you to shed a tear or two, help you realize the fragility of human life and above all, nursing is always, always entertaining. It's not like any other profession. I don't have a single regret.