CNA night shift??
- 0Apr 18, '13 by Axm611291So i was given a call from a nursing home i applied to. Unfortunately the only openings are for the night shift and i was hoping to find something in the evening. The pay is very good! And this would be my very first cna job. Is nightshift easier like ive heard?? Or is it a bad choice? As i am a full time student im only planning on working 2 max 3 days a week
Anyone have any experience working the nightshift?? Good with school or bad?? Thanks in advance
- 0Apr 19, '13 by missnurse01At night you may have more sleeping pt's, but your workload is also way higher. Management figures you are doing less, so they give you more pt's. Fine if the night is okay, a nightmare if everyone is throwing up and having diarrhea. I have always done night shift, through many many years of schooling. You end up losing sleep, but otherwise gain hours!
- 0Apr 19, '13 by MsKris_CarolinaGirlI am a full time student and i work full time in a rehab/LTC facility on night shift. This is my first CNA job and I must admit that it has been quite a task. However I've been handling it much better than I thought I would have. I usually do have a higher patient load than the girls I day or evening shift would but I am also very thankful for the fact that I work on a rehab hall where most of my patients are asleep and don't need as much and the few changers I have I can manage all while getting some studying done. I usually get off work by 7 and the I'm in class by 8 and there until 12 or 1 everyday. It's hard work and takes a lot of discipline but I think if you feel like you can do it go for it. I didn't think I would make it but I've worked nights with up to 23 patients by myself and I've even worked the LTC hall which has 43 patients who are all changers and I've survived. I say go for it. I wish you all the best and congrats on your new job
- 0Apr 23, '13 by i_love_patient_careI've worked all three shifts, and to me night shift was the easiest on my body as far as lifting. It is hard to get used to the sleep schedule, which is probably the hardest part. The other thing is that at night some Residents can't sleep, and it's your job to try to keep tabs on them while taking care of 2-3 times the amount of people the day shift would take care of. Turning people in the bed, and toileting/changing them is not as bad as ADLs are during the day.
- 0Apr 24, '13 by TurtleCatI worked the night shift a couple of times when I was at the LTC facility. In my experience, it's easier than the other shifts, with a more relaxed and laidback atmosphere. For the most part, it's just checking on the residents every few hours and turning/changing as needed, up until the last 2-3 hours when you start getting everyone up for the day shift, that's when it gets a bit hectic. But all in all the easiest and lowest-stress of the three shifts imo.
- 0Apr 24, '13 by AKreaderI've worked all three shifts and nights are by far the easiest. The busiest night (and it does get busy) is not comparable to the busiest day.
I won't do nights during school bc I don't function well - with my schedule I would have to go to class after working all night, for 8 hours (meaning I have lecture for that long). No dice man.
If you can handle it, go for it. I WISH I could work nights. They're all I do during breaks.