After three twelve hour shifts in a row last week I found myself pretty dehydrated. It's one of the unfortunate results of being watched by the Joint Commision/JHACO, we are not allowed to have personal drinks at the nurses stations. We can have them in the break room and/or in the charge nurse's office. It takes some coordination, and time to get to a drink of water. Plus, I happen to like coffee, so I drink that during my breaks as well, and end up becoming even more deyhdrated because of it.
My astute husband has suggested I try bringing electrolyte drinks with me to work and sipping on those throughout the day, when I get a chance. So I am going to try that this week and see if it makes a difference. I am also going to remind myself to get as many sips of water in during my shifts as I can. Every little bit has to help. Right?