With the hours on night shift adding up, it feel as though lately I have become a true night owl. Staying awake through the night on a twelve hour shift seems no different than twelve during the day. I have my coffee routine before my shift and at my first break, with no shortage of energy in between. Now that I have been solo for about a month, I have found a good groove on most nights, and I will emphasize the most part. Some nights I feel as though I have total control, where as others it feels as though the night controls me, thrashing my body and my brain around the unit. I have had critical values, alarming vitals, and some difficult admissions, but my unit's wonderful teamwork has helped to bring me back into focus.
More recently my manager asked me to represent the night crew as the person to help implement the computer charting system. It's supposed to be a huge challenge for the hospital and I feel honored to be on the forefront of the change. In nursing school I did a good amount of instruction in the simulation labs helping the younger students. I was explained that the position that I will assume will require me to attend meetings and share my knowledge with the other staff. In a way I will again be an educator. Funny how things come back around. In my next blog I should have some updates on this project, so there should be some interesting ideas to share.