R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Stakes Are High: The night shift in shock trauma

Stakes Are High: The night shift in shock trauma

It's 6:45 p.m. at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center when June Guadalupe, a nurse in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit (TRU), arrives. He will be there until 7:30 a.m. the next day.

He joins the other night shift nurses, all fully clad in their pastel pink scrubs, as they pile into a closet-sized break room. The charge nurse from the day shift gives a quick rundown of the unit's happenings by way of passing the baton to the night shift.

A self-described adrenaline junkie and night owl, Guadalupe prefers working the night shift. Tonight's roster of patients: an inmate from the jail, a sex worker, and a few elderly...

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