The first rule of Nurse Club is you never, EVER say the words quiet or slow on a nursing unit. This unspeakable act will cause a domino effect of terrible things to occur that will cause the unit to be so painfully busy, we will all beg for mercy.
The second rule of Nurse Club is you never, EVER say the words quiet or slow on a nursing unit.
The third rule of Nurse Club is if someone says they can’t take it anymore and needs a break, you cover their patients while they step outside. No questions asked.
The fourth rule of Nurse Club is only two tries for each IV. If you can’t get it after two tries, get someone else.
The fifth rule of Nurse Club is only one shift at a time. I don’t care if this is your third day in a row or seventh of eight.. we are here for this shift right now. 12 hours at a time – LET’S GO.
The sixth rule of Nurse Club is dirty scrubs, go change. Working in dirty scrubs (and by dirty, I mean someone’s blood, urine, feces, drainage, or sputum came into contact with you) is non-negotiable, even if it’s a small amount. You do not need to ask us to watch your patients while you go get situated. We already will, go change.. like, STAT.
The seventh rule of Nurse Club is fighting for someone’s life will go on as long as it has to. You will give everything in you for their life until the patient, their health care power of attorney, their next of kin, or the physician says stop. The second that happens, you stop.
The eighth rule of Nurse Club is if you’ve never done something before and it needs to be done, you’re doing it. Even if it’s not your patient.