As I sit here, looking out at the 16+ inches of snow, telling my kids that “Yes, you have another snow day,” I am reminded of the 'snow days' back when I was working in the ICU. Those days were a little different. They involved phone calls upon phone calls trying to round up staff in preparation for an upcoming storm, setting up cots in hallways, and packing a bag knowing I’d be spending a few days at the hospital. One year, our manager actually got a hotel room across the street from the hospital. We’d ‘tag-team’ each other, taking turns heading over to get a few hours of sleep. I have to admit it was fun and definitely fulfilling, despite the sleep deprivation!
Do you have any particular snow day memories in your career? Do you find that you are spending a little extra time at the hospital this winter? Thank you, nurses, for your dedication and caring! Be safe!