I can't believe you posted this, Heather, because I had the same type of weekend! I never pick up extra time but I agreed to work 4 hours, 3-7p, on Friday evening and then worked my regular 3-11 Saturday and Sunday. Because we have 8 hour mixed with 12 hour shifts, you never know if you'll get the same patients, but by some miracle, I had the same group each night. They were some of the BEST and NICEST patients in a long time, complimenting me left and right-- a real love-fest
, friendly families, partial to self-care, not terribly ill, and what I love: getting to care for a patient from fresh post-op to near discharge-- a lap. hysterectomy patient from Friday evening-- seeing her progress and healing was so rewarding! I got off the floor both Saturday AND Sunday for dinner, and don't feel wiped out emotionally and physically as I usually do on my Monday off. I was able to really talk with and do extras for my patients and for the coming night shift nurses. I actually felt like I could do this full-time if the patient load was always like this! (In my dreams...)
I'd had a rough group of patients with many problems last Tuesday and Wednesday on a different team on our Med-Surg floor where I'm often assigned where our sickest patients are in mostly single rooms-- complete cares, confused, heavy wound care, isolation for contact or respiratory precautions, etc. etc., so this weekend was a special treat-- Glad yours was too!