I’ve had two deaths in two consecutive shifts. Did I do something wrong? or do I have a grave sin that I haven’t asked forgiveness for? Why does someone have to pass away when I’m around? Why does it have to be toxic when I’m on duty?
In my unit, a patient’s death is not unusual, but having the same nurse do the post mortem care is. Post mortem care is the time when a patient is cleared from attached gadgets( ex. Cardiac monitor etc.) and tubes( IV’s. nasogastric tubes etc.) after being pronounced dead by the physician. That’s me alright, yes, two consecutive duties, a post mortem care on each.
I went home with every inch of my muscles sore because I had to do CPR for 15 mins because the doctor hasn’t arrived yet. Well, what can I do, I guess that was what I was called for, a nurse. Nurses do a lot of sacrifices just to save lives remember. Come to think of it, I should be proud of myself . Atleast muscle aches heal, but the act of sacrifice will be imprinted in my heart forever. Now, I have to end this post cause a nurse needs some sleep. Zzzzzz……zzzzz…zz.