While I caught up on charting later in the evening, I saw the nurse step out of the room with the Look - that unique, slightly flushed, wide-eyed expression of bemusement, exasperation, and a slight tinge of horror. She turned to me and asked if I might try to get a repeat set of labs on the patient. Knowing how important it can be to take a break from certain patients from time to time, I happily obliged, only to emerge several minutes later with the Look etched firmly on my face as well.
As I walked out of the room 9, I noticed a patient in the hallway who nodded at me and smiled. "I'm an RN from Another Hospital," she explained,"and I recognize that Look. Every person who has walked out of that room has it. Hang in there."
Some things are universal.