Somebody owes me a new keyboard - just spewed Dr. Pepper all over this one!
Sleep all night? Uh, yeah - right, Elwood. Let's see - the gentleman that has BM issues & brief changes at 1 1/2 hour intervals, VS & I & O, charting ADL's, insomniac patients, disoriented folks that want to practice their bungee jumping with their G-tubes at 0300, hauling chokies from 0400 on to get your last round of brief changes done before shift change, and the ever-popular get-ups that start at about 0430.
Oh, and let's not forget the evenings where Dietary decides to feed 'em enchiladas, beans & rice - might as well throw some Dulcolax into the mix, 'cause it's just like giving 'em a double-dose of laxatives. Remember to bring your Vicks - you're gonna need it!
Had trouble with "making an occupied bed" in CNA training? Don't worry, you'll get plenty of practice! Best of all, it's good odds you're gonna earn some battle scars while doing it - patients don't like their sleep being disturbed, especially when you're flopping 'em from side-to-side like that at anywhere from 2300 to about 0630 or so.
For all of that - nights usually
are easier than the other shifts. Not by much, though.