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Hello again Under the Covers readers!
Last time I was here I talked about the top ten nursing myths that were out there – I thought this time y’all might like a list of the four of the most ‘interesting’ things I’ve been asked as a nurse, and my responses. Let me preface this by saying that where I work is a huge public facility. We get and give quality care to ‘all types’ of patients, and I’m not especially attractive – we just wind up taking care of lot of hopeful alcoholic and/or recently doped men on my floor:
“Can we go for a walk? I’ll pay you twenty dollars.”
First off, I knew this patient did not have twenty dollars. Secondly, I knew that ‘go for a walk’ was code for sex or a blowjob. (They were not currently, nor probably ever, of sound mind.) Third, no way in hell, not with someone else’s mouth or vagina. Fourth, they had already hit on everyone else on the floor, in their rather incompetent yet sincere fashion, and I was starting to feel left out in a kind of elementary school team-picking kind of way. So my answer was a congenial, “No thank you, not today.”
“Can she see me?”
Asked by someone who was hallucinating with alcohol withdrawal, after seeing a preacher come on early Sunday morning TV. The preacher was talking very loud and using authoritative hand gestures. My answer to them? “Yes. And she really wants you to stay in bed.”
“Are you a mumble-mumble?”
I leaned in closer. “What did you say?” “A mumble,” they try again. Their voice is hoarse after having had an ET tube taken out earlier on in the day, and they’re still a little drugged post-op. Me, the understanding soul of patience: “Sorry sir, I didn’t get that, what were you asking?” “I said, are you a hooker!” they shout. With their elderly father at the bedside. “No, sir, I am not,” I answer, and we continued on awkwardly for the rest of the night.
And last, but by no means least –
“How do I make the porn come back?”
My hospital’s a little on the older side, so we don’t have cable, and it was six in the afternoon, hardly late-night-drama soft-core viewing time. I told him all of this but my patient was convinced he’d seen porn somewhere, and spent a lot of his free time clicking through the scant 25 channels that we do have looking for it. Imagine my surprise when three nights later he triumphantly tells me he’s found it…and it’s actually the new mother’s instructional channel with their four times a day video on newborn latching on onto a breast.
See, y’all think I make up everything up for my books, but trust me, the reality is so strange that if I wrote about it, no one would ever, ever, believe.
I hope this doesn’t scare you all off from reading Shapeshifted! 😉
Cassie Alexander, RN
Nurse Edie Spence is once again called upon to save a life…and this time, it’s personal. Can her new community of zombies, vampires, and shapeshifters come to her rescue when she needs them most?
When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she’s is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. But with the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it…without losing her own life in the process?
Edie hopes to procure it at her new job at the clinic across town, where the forces of evil loom large. Vampire gang wars are rampant. Old underground enemies are rising to the surface. And Edie’s zombie ex-boyfriend has arrived at the scene—but is he the same man he used to be? And what should she make of the enigmatic doctor with whom she shares an unexpected connection? She’ll have to figure it out soon, because all hell is about to break loose—literally—and time is running out
Cassie is a registered nurse and the author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series. Nightshifted, her debut novel, was released by St. Martin’s Press in May 2012, and Moonshifted followed in Nov 2012.
Shapeshifted will be out on 6/4/13!!!
Deadshifted will be out in Dec 2013, and then Bloodshifted will be out in June 2014.