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Hey, it’s ERP from ERstories.net doing a guest post. The other day during a shift I said to myself “Dang it, it’s Murphy’s Law again” when something went all FUBAR. That made me decide to compile a little list of how that law applies to my job. 1. The GYN cart will only be stocked with the extra large and “virgin” sized speculums when you have a normal-sized patient to examine. 2. The GYN speculum light will not work and you will need to have your chaperon use the odoscope. 3. You will have three or four pages out to various doctors for an hour and no one calls back. The moment one finally does, so do all the others. They get annoyed being on hold and hang up. 4. There is guaranteed to be an issue whenever a patient needs transcutaneous pacing. Of course everything worked fine on the practise, model patients, but the moment you need to use it, the thing does not sense or the wires are not compatible with the pads. 5. The IV is going to blow the moment you have to push Epi – even though it was working fine for an hour before hand. 6. The nurse you need for a patient is always on break. 7. The nurse tells you that the patient in room 15 is getting annoyed waiting for an hour with pelvic pain. When you finally go into the room, the patient is either in the bathroom, waiting room, or fully dressed in a wheelchair. 8 There is never a nursing home’s number on their transfer paperwork, making history taking on a demented, bedridden patient a true joy. 9.The SMA-7 on a critically ill patient is always haemolysed. 10. The rate of RN, tech, and unit secretary “sick” call-ins is directly related to the niceness of the weather outside. I am sure there are many more. Feel free to submit your own!Read More »