An Open Letter to the Senator Who Said Nurses Play Cards All Day, From a Hangry ICU Nurse

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Dear Senator Maureen Walsh,

Recent incorrect and inadequately thought-out remarks by you worrying how nurses invest their “ breaks ” made me conscious that a civil service statement was required. A helpful letter, so to speak, welcoming you into my little world as an ICU nurse. Don’ t stress over discovering a seat. You won’ t be here enough time. In the notorious words of Jack Nicholson, you can’ t deal with the fact.

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So without additional ado, permit me to inform you about a current shift I worked.

I took a break. I did, I’ ll confess. You’ re right, however there were no cards.

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I got lunch [at] about 3:45 p.m., and I was grateful for it. You see, I didn’ t believe I ’d get lunch. I had actually resigned myself to that reality, and my strategy was to toss some Saltines down my craw while I took my one potty break. I imply, it most likely wasn’ t the most sanitary, however it beat losing consciousness. I did get a lunch! My charge nurse made me take it.

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I had actually prepared to consume earlier than 4:00 p.m. Not having had breakfast, I hadn’ t consumed given that the night prior to. I ’ ve become aware of this brand-new diet plan pattern called Intermittent Fasting. It’ s expected to be excellent for weight reduction. Generally, you go 12-15 hours without consuming. Heck, I put on’ t understand why this is such an innovative thing nowadays. Isn’ t this just #nurselife? My OBGYN asked me in December how I kept my slim frame after 3 kids and remaining in my [40s] I informed him I didn’ t understand, now I think I must have simply stated it’ s The Nurse Diet. As it was this specific shift, over 18 hours had actually passed prior to I put any calories in my body. Go me. I digress.

I was stating that I wished to consume earlier. I did. I like food. Lunch is my jam, and I had actually attempted to leave right at [11] The strategy was to diminish genuine fast prior to I released a post-op client. Another far more sickly client would take its location since I understood as soon as that bed was empty. That’ s simply how the cookie collapses.

Mmmm. Cookies. Not.

I discovered this amusing meme on the web. I revealed it to my partner. He stated skeptically, “ I ’ ve never ever seen that numerous devices in a client ’ s space. Look, there are 7 of the very same maker!”

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I rolled my eyes and described, “ that ’ s an IV pump. When, we instill numerous medications at. I had that lots of makers in a space the last time I worked!”

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See, my hubby is wed to a nurse, however even he didn’ t recognize how insane things got. With that in mind, I didn’ t go to lunch at [11]. Yep.

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I was going to pursue the sedating medications were switched off and the client awakened a bit more. That was the strategy. Simply diminish genuine fast. My lunch pal, the individual who would presume care of my vital clients while I raced to get a sandwich prior to the lunchroom closed, she [sic] had actually simply gotten a brand-new admission. Method sicker than mine. By a bit. She stated she might manage viewing my individuals too.

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