Saturday, November 1

Tonight is one of the worst nights of the year to work as a nurse. Why? Well, at 0200, the clock stops. Then, the hands slowly spin backward. Twelve hours is already plenty long. THIRTEEN?! That’s just cruel. And, of course, the people who run hospital computer systems can’t figure out how to make software cope with daylight savings time. So pretty much every computer system is down for that hour and we have to break out our paper charting sheets. Lab can’t take computerized orders, you can’t scan your meds when you administer them. You try and structure your night so you don’t have anything to chart during that “bonus hour”. Now Spring Forward is a whole different matter!

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