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

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 (and shining brightly)!


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!




  1. Medical fraternity has proved they are the real heroes during the pandemic.All the best.

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  2. Your nurses, your warriors! πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’


  3. Garfield Hug says:

    You are a frontline warrior as we call nurses here! An admirable career! I remember the kind nurses who takes care of me and the night nurses always know when to come in and check on me. πŸ™‚

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  4. Susan says:

    Bravo ! I’m a little envious at the poetic way you’ve shared this experience. Keep posting – you have incredible writing talent!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’

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  5. The older nurses were having a laugh here! Did you ever tell new nurses any such tales?

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    1. No.I don’t want to frighten them unnecessarily. Also probably they never ask me. 😐

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  6. KK says:

    I can imagine only. But it’s good that you shared your experience.

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    1. You shared a lot about the financial world, too!

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      1. KK says:

        Yes, I love to. That’s why I like your posts about the real life experience.

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      2. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  7. Ab says:

    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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    1. The man must have seen something.. Enough to make him crawl to the nurses station. And the seniors were so naughty to tell such stories just before our first night duties!

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  8. Arun Singha says:

    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.

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