Right now at work it's a little slow. I work Trauma/Orthopedics, and the doctors have decided to take a Spring break as well. Only emergency cases are coming onto our floor, so we have a few empty beds.
First let me say that I'm not complaining at all, but 12 hours usually goes by fairly fast when you're busy washing people, doing vital signs, doing assessments, handing out meds, getting people ready for surgery, getting people back from surgery, getting admissions, discharging people, dealing with pain issues, grumpy patients, and demanding family members. It's all in a day's work, and I wouldn't trade it for anything, but when it's this quiet, we just sit - and wait.
I think my patients know when it is quiet, because I'm constantly in their room asking if they need anything for pain, want to turn, want to get up, etc.
We have no choice but to sit there and watch the clock. Of course we can use this time to do our charting, update care plans, and finish our other paperwork, but the day just never seems to end!!
On the way home tonight, I felt as if I just hauled ass for the entire shift, when I did the complete opposite. I kind of feel guilty.
I did however go in on a sport-select ticket with a co-worker, so if my hockey/basketball teams win, my $1 donation will sprout into about $350. Not bad in a day's work.
So, here's the pressing issue.....It's 8:20 p.m. Is it too early for bed?