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Why stay bedside??

Why do you stay bedside? I could and often think about take a position that is in the office, or a "desk monkey" as I was referred as when I told a retired nurse that I was an educator. But the reality is that even though we all have rough days, there is that one patient that we jump into action for and witness a dramatic change in their outcomes, making it worth the other crap 100% of the time. For instance, I have been an ER nurse for almost 10 years. I have seen everything!! Birth to death and everything in between. I, at times, have been yelled at, swung at, spit on, peed on, and pooped on. The daily activities of my job while on the floor (which I still do to help out) is filled with being the resource, being pulled in multiple directions, and putting out every fire imaginable (even when the extinguisher is empty). Picking up extra shifts always looks good on paper until the day of, then it is dreaded and you pray that you are put on call! That being said, a few weeks ago, I picked up a charge shift (I am known as the unit dark cloud) to help out. I was busy with traumas and sepsis work ups, when I heard the overheard system announcing a code blue on the first floor of the hospital in another unnamed unit. I had to respond with my float nurse and when we arrived assisted with the code. The patient was dead dead and needed all the things to make him "undead" (sorry if unalive is a new word then so should undead). My team and I were able to obtain ROSC and the patient was reported to be extubated about a week later. I get an adrenaline rush everytime there is an activity like this!! This is my why! Despite the everyday stressors of our job, that one patient makes it totally worth it!!!

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