Thursday, April 12, 2007


If you really want to you can read about the origins of myths surrounding Friday the 13th here.

Though we tend to be rational, reality-based, and comfortable working within the medical model of healthcare provision, nurses also have a widespread and common body of little superstitions.

It's busier during full moons.

Never use the word "quiet."

Deaths occur in groups of three.

Our unit has no room numbered 13. Rooms 12 and 14 are instead adjacent.

It's the same with nurses in the Northeast as it is here in the Southwest. We all know it's silly but we maintain our guard anyway. Whatever. On any given day my twelve-our shift is likely to stretch into a very merry thirteen.

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