Night Charge Nurse
©Monmouth Medical Center l987

Three in the mornin, got a kid comin' in
Scheduled for surgery, need to spend some extra time with him
Woman in the ICU's not doin' too well
Hate to face her family, they've been livin' through two weeks of
hell

Never knew how hard I'd work when I became a nurse
Could've been a teacher, but that might have been so much worse
But I sometimes wish the doctors would just listen to me
If we could work together, if they'd show some true respect for
me


It's three in the morning, got to answer number three
Change the bed in Ann's room - God, that woman's been a gift to
me
What she knows of dying, and the courage that she shows
All I've done to help her has been given back a hundred-fold

I worry 'bout the old man, he's due to be released
I figure without help he'll soon be back on the streets
Damn the politicians for the fools that they are
When they're old and sick and dyin', let them live on missile
caviar


Number 8 needs checking, he's a stubborn man
Really can't be walking, but he hates to use that bed pan,
Well, I have to kid 'em now and then, to try and get 'em through
But sometimes we just cry together, sometimes that's all we can
do

Three in the morning, got to finish this chart
Check the doctor's orders, get the night meds on the cart
Nice to feel the silence now, the hours suit me fine
Sometimes I get weary, but I wouldn't trade this job of mine


'Cause it's three in the morning, and I know what I'm worth
To people on my ward I am the night charge nurse
I'm the voice in the darkness, I'm the touch that is healing
I'm the heart that is fearless, I'm the strong arm to lean on
I'm the voice in the darkness, I'm the touch that is healing
I'm the heart that is fearless, I'm the strong arm to lean on
I'm the night charge nurse