by Christina on March 3, 2012

The first week on a new rotation is always the hardest and this week was no exception. I failed to eat or drink during my first couple ED shifts – not ok! I did manage to run to the bathroom and scarf some chocolate covered almonds/espresso beans:


I knew that situation had to be remedied ASAP. My locker is now prepped:

emergency snacks

I’ve been working on pre-shift antioxidant boosting:

precooked sweet potatoes = power breakfast

And upping post-shift nutrient density intake:

maxing greenness

with a kiss of turmeric

Now about to start a string of night shifts… tips, anyone?!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

john March 4, 2012 at 3:13 am

some ideas: a runners sugar free solution:
and when the day of comes after a long effort-full time i find that magnesium helps
move to muscle relaxation and recovery quicker. And the cognitive supports as simple as ginko can help reduce the ongoing stress… sounds intense. best!


steve March 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

this makes me feel really bad about my ER eating habits!


elise March 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

man i feel you on the inability to grab things easily…definitely make sure you fix that stat because itll wear you down big time. i cant imagine ED shifts without fuel. actually i cant imagine ED shifts period. i was floated last week to the PACU and i had no time to eat at all…it was horrible and i was a total grump because of it. but i wasnt anywhere near my own floor so i didnt have my locker stash to save me. so sad.
hope night shifts went well!


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