I know I’m a few days late with this, but i’ve been enjoying my off duty – post #MedShift! As with the last time I did this, I thought it might be an idea to collate all my posts into a sort of journal, and so here they are…recorded yet again for posterity:
- After off duty days it’s time to return to #MedShift with 4 long days, 1 x 10-8 shift today then 3 x 8-8 days #NotMyFavourite @SCoRMembers
- Starting the day in #Outpatients – GP referrals & clinic follow-ups. Can be anything from head to toe! #BringItOn @SCoRMembers #Medshift
- Time for an early tea then off to A&E for the final part of the #MedShift – quite often the busiest part of the day! #DeepJoy @SCoRMembers
- #Medshift 1 of 4 done ✅ 3 more to go! Last part of the shift wasn’t all that bad thankfully. Hometime. Shower, tea n’ tele ☺️👍 @SCoRMembers
- Handover from nightshift ✅ Rooms cleaned ✅ Resus trolley checked ✅ Left AED to come to #Outpatients again #MedShift day 2 👍 @SCoRMembers
- Am in #FractureClinic this morning and just been shown how to do a standing axial calcaneum ✅ #EverydayASchoolDay #MedShift @SCoRMembers
- #MedShift ends with a #traumacall – no plain film imaging required as patient going to CT! Handover to nightshift ✅ Hometime! ✅ @SCoRMembers
- #MedShift 3/4 underway & it’s the weekend so running X-Ray’s from AED. Inpatients, mobiles, theatres the lot! #SeeWhatGives! ✅ @SCoRMembers
- Halfway through the #MedShift, just finished lunch & theatre have called – just an MUA today ✅ Off I go! 👍 @SCoRMembers #ChangeOfScenery
- Straight from the MUA to another theatre & an emergency pacing – not done one of those in a while #BitRusty 😱 ✅ #MedShift @SCoRMembers
- Home at last, after a long #MedShift! Lots of portables today. ITU, amongst others keeping us busy, as per usual! 🛀 time! ✅ @SCoRMembers
- Tired only scratches the surface of how I feel 2day 😴 Let’s hope a large brew & 3 x Weetabix enable me to get to #MedShift 4/4 @SCoRMembers
- Couple of knees ✅ couple of portable chests ✅ resus trolley checked ✅ #MedShift 4/4 well & truely underway! @SCoRMembers
- 2 patients, 2 fractures. One the worst fracture I’ve ever seen, the other just a minor one. Shaping up to be a varied #MedShift @SCoRMembers
- Back from theatre – 2 x MUAs ✅ Time to do the processing from the day’s theatre cases (x5) – #RealitiesOfTheJob #MedShift @SCoRMembers
- Head-to-toe X-rays ✅ Portables ✅ Trauma Calls ✅ Theatre ✅ #MedShift complete! Now for some off duty days! 👍🎉🎈#OverAndOut @SCoRMembers
- The ☀️ is shining, yet I still feel like I have a hangover – without the headache! Thankfully no #MedShift today! 😂 #shattered @SCoRMembers
The great thing about doing this is the interaction I get from my tweets, as well as me being able to share things about what it’s really like to be an allied health professional.
You certainly don’t learn this kind of stuff from a textbook!
I hope you enjoyed. Until the next time.
This week, after securing the relevant permissions form my boss and the communications people at work, I finally took the plunge and joined the increasing number of health professionals that are using #MedShift. I was a tad wary of using it to start with to be honest – and still am, come to that – because of the obvious issues relating to confidentiality and such like. However, this week when I was on nights I decided to tentatively dip my toes in the #MedShift ocean and below I have collated the results:
Night 1 of 4
- 1 of 4: Handover from day shift – no outstanding portables, equipment OK(ish) I’m on 2000-0800. Let’s do this!
- Woo hoo! It’s Monday! 4hrs into the and 4 trauma calls so far!
- Halfway through the and after a challenging trauma patient it’s now time for a break – and relax
- Urgent portable req. for ward pt. vs. need for a CXR on ITU – 1 radiographer available – solution? Call ITU & OK to wait
- Trauma calls, portables throughout the hospital, usual A&E patients & just 1 minor issue to handover to day shift. Job done!
- Now for the worse bit of a – the drive home
- Home safe Shower, tea, toast, and some tele to unwind, thence ta bed for this ‘r 1 down, 3 to go! Night peops!
Night 2 of 4
- This is the time in a when you just want to be at home in bed Not long to go thankfully!
- sweet ! 2 down & 2 to go! After the necessary ablution & food it will be time 4 the best part of a – BEDTIME!
Night 3 of 4
- A splash of Issey Miyake and I’m good to go! 3 of 4 here I go! (Other EDTs are available! )
- Off on my first portable of the shift – elderly male too unwell to come down to the department. Not uncommon on a
- Another chest/abdo request! Prob the most common combination imaging request! Male, abdo pain, vomiting, obstruction, query perf
- Back from another portable – this time an elderly lady with difficulty breathing & definitely too unwell to come down to dept
- Into the “golden hour” – the final hour of the Soon be time for & after this
- When you get home & realise there are chunks of the journey you just don’t remember – not good Just 1 more to go
Night 4 of 4
- Tonight’s final will be fuelled by 2 sausage butties and fragranced by Ted Baker
- Second “Chabdo” of the ! More to come of that I would bet my mortgage on
- The ‘Q’ word is something we don’t mention – a bit like the Scottish play
- I do mine erect, how about you? I’m talking ‘s of course!
- Last & I’ve yet to do probably the 2nd most common combo of foot&ankle – most unusual!
- Before I set off for the 1st & toward the end of this final shift!
- Preparations for departure! 4 of 4 done! Hope you’ve enjoyed my first foray into L8rs!!!
So there you have it – a set of nights in a nutshell. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed taking a look at them to get a glimpse of what it’s like as a radiographer on nightshift. I’ll continue to use #MedShift as and when, but I don’t intend to tweet every shift, all shift! It’s more to give an insight into the work we do – as not everyone knows what a radiographer is and does 🙂
Hopefully newly qualified radiographers can also get an idea of what lies ahead when they start on shift!
Oh well, as ever, feedback always appreciated!