My first night duty as a nurse


My first night duty as a nurse

One of the questions asked by an interviewer, a FMM nun was, ” … nurses have to do night duty. Do you think you can do it?”

Night (Photo by Rok Romih on Pexels.com)

Before my first night duty,

my sister gave me a ‘talisman‘.

“put inside your pocket,

but don’t go under

any clothes lines!

****

My seniors told me

timely ghost stories, including

a patient on hip-spica

who crawled all the way

to the nurses counter;

never forget to this day.

***

We even went to mortuary.

” … remember feet first.

Otherwise the head

will remember and

follow you back!”

***

There are three lights;

one on each shoulder,

and one on the forehead.

“Don’t look left or

right over your shoulder!”

They will be wiped off,…wisp!”

Comb your bangs up!

Keep your forehead clear!

****

The ward was so busy.

We had no time to

think about the hip-spica man,

or those lights!

I had been fortunate

to be able to sleep well

during the day- time.

****

Happy night duties!

****

Published by Chen Song Ping @ TPTan

Chen S.P. enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer.

9 thoughts on “My first night duty as a nurse

  1. Very exciting. Learned about your experience. Great!
    Would like to know more, because you only know what goes on in the duty hours.
    The truths.
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    Take care.
    Regards.
    Arun

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  2. These stories are terrifying! I can just picture the patient crawling to the counter in my mind. And the one about feet first or the head will follow you back is terrifying! I bet the ghost stories made the night shift more fun and exciting though!

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