Dreaming about work?

  1. Do you have dreams (nightmares, fantasies) about work?

    Once I dreamed that I was on my way to work. I dreamed that I'd gotten OOB, dressed and was driving to work when the DH woke me up and asked if I was going to work.

    Another time I was dreaming about IV pumps going off.......sat up in bed and checked the cat to see if the site had infiltrated.:chuckle

    Still another time I dreamt that I was asleep in a bed at the nursing home, which was apparently reserved for staff. I had to share it with another staff member, and then one of the patients woke me up because she wanted a cigarette.
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  3. by   LeahJet
    I had a dream about a month ago that I was working in the neuroICU and it was almost the end of the night shift...about 6am... when I all of a sudden *remembered* that I had another patient that I hadn't seen all night. This patient had all kinds of titrating IV's...insulin...Dopamine...Propofol. The pt. was vented and had an EVD and his CSF had filled the entire chamber. I remember thinking HOLY CRAP and jerked myself awake.
    Stressful!
  4. by   Gompers
    Quote from LeahJet
    I had a dream about a month ago that I was working in the neuroICU and it was almost the end of the night shift...about 6am... when I all of a sudden *remembered* that I had another patient that I hadn't seen all night. This patient had all kinds of titrating IV's...insulin...Dopamine...Propofol. The pt. was vented and had an EVD and his CSF had filled the entire chamber. I remember thinking HOLY CRAP and jerked myself awake.
    Stressful!
    I've had many very similar dreams about the NICU. It will be the end of my shift and I'll find out that I had another baby assigned to me all night that I didn't know about. It's almost always the same scenario, too - lots of IVs going, all of them infiltrated, tons of orders ignored, self-extubated, alarms going off, isolette malfunctioned, baby freezing cold, dehydrated, seizing - THE WHOLE BIT. And I've worked there for seven years! I still have this dream at least once every six months, usually after a really stressful event at work...
  5. by   Aneroo
    I usually only dream about work if I have had a rough night the night before. Then I do scenarios in my dreams... I hate it!
  6. by   Katnip
    When I worked on IMCU I heard the monitor alarms just as I was drifting off to sleep every night. I'd hear them waking up, too.

    Once I started running a code in my sleep. My husband woke me up and asked who died.

    ~Kat
  7. by   Tweety
    I infrequently dream about work. When I do it's usually about my about me being real far behind, getting an assignment but realizing mid-shift I haven't seen any patients yets, silly stuff.
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    Very interesting dreams


    Most of the time when I dream, I dream nonsense. Nothing makes sense or it is totally craziness.

    The strangest thing is when I dream of someone I haven't thought about or remembered in years. Once I had a dream of a beautiful white house and walking inside it etc. A week later a classmate invited the study group to her house (versus my basement :chuckle ) and I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked in the door. It was the same home of my dreams (literally). Spooky!
  9. by   arciedee
    I'm not a nurse yet, but I have had work dreams in the past. When I was in high school I worked at Mickey D's and later when I came home on college breaks I'd usually pick up some shifts. Invariably the night or two before my first shift back I'd dream that they'd moved everything around in my absence or I couldn't find the buttons on the computer. I always did fine in real life, of course, just one of those strange anxieties. Gee, I miss working there sometimes (seriously).
  10. by   meownsmile
    I dont know that ive had any specific dreams about work, but have definately had many days when i was wondering if i was, then was afraid i might.
  11. by   LeahJet

    This isn't work related,but the most bizarre dream I've ever had was that I was kidnapped by the Jackson Five and forced to cheerlead on a unicycle while they played basketball.
    I was teetering back and forth on the unicycle crying and cheering "two bits ~sniff~ four bits....."
    I don't EVEN want to try to analyze that!
  12. by   Aneroo
    Quote from LeahJet
    This isn't work related,but the most bizarre dream I've ever had was that I was kidnapped by the Jackson Five and forced to cheerlead on a unicycle while they played basketball.
    I was teetering back and forth on the unicycle crying and cheering "two bits ~sniff~ four bits....."
    I don't EVEN want to try to analyze that!
    :uhoh21:

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