Midnight Nurse VS Dayshift Nurse

  1. I'm a dayshift nurse now, for 3 yrs. I worked midnights for 8 yrs. Since I've been on dayshift I have noticed a different type of attitude on midnights towards dayshift. Also things have been said that are derogatory towards dayshift. I don't ever remember acting that way. When midnights come on, they don't hardly want to give you their complete attention, If busy they act like its dayshifts fault that its crazy, and it always seems to get busy around 500P I've even heard they have said that they are better nurses than dayshift. My concern is ,that we all need to work together as a team, and take care of the patients, Lets stop this bickering between shifts. Is it like this elswhere?
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  3. by   LBLOCKRN
    Yes it is like that here too!! Both shifts have complaints about each other - night shifters ( like myself) tend to be more independent here, we have to work hard with half the staff that days has,we have to be a team ,even when we may not like who we are working with. Are we not here to take care of the patients?I have a hard time with the time wasted complaining about each other, just do your job !!! I'm glad to know my ED is not alone with problems like this. Any solutions out there? I have worked all shifts in 15 years ,I am only working night Baylor now because I have small children and just can't do days. We have an even bigger problem on evening shift - but that is another discussion itself
    Live Laugh and Love
    Leslie
  4. by   kaycee
    I think as long as you have people working steady shifts, you will always have the "I'm busier and work harder then you" attitude. I have been a nurse for well over 20yrs and this has always been a universal problem. Best to just ignore it, I haven't really seen a solution in all these yrs except not allowing steady shifts, and that's not going to happen.
  5. by   ERNurse752
    Yep...same thing here!
  6. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    From deep in the heart of texas

    The Saga continues, Days Vs Nights. It would probably make for a good soap opera. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days and nights of our lives. Can you tell which soap I like. Me Im a nightshifter to the end. We work better together at night as there isnt as much ancilary help available. Also there are no suits to get in the way.
    But most of all, you can work all night and go to the golfcourse when you get off, you cant work all day and go to the course at night.

    In other words, forget everything else and PLAY MORE GOLF
  7. by   forget it!
    Yes, it is like that at the different places I have worked also. I even resigned from one of the places for this reason. I wish I had not done this because I realize now that it is like that everywhere. Hindsight is 20/20! I believe night shift has even more responsibility. (Can you tell I'm a night shifter also?) We do not have the extra help dayshift has, so I feel only really strong nurses should be put on night shift, that know what to do in an emergency situation without "suits" and other supervisors telling them what to do. I think that most D.O.N.s realize this also. How can they sleep at night if they are not comfortable that the nurses on the night shift have the experience and knowledge to take good care of the residents, patients, clients, etc. and are responsible enough to do this with out someone looking over their shoulder. So I say feel good about yourself Night shift workers and just let what ever day shift or evenings say roll right off unless of course there is any validity to it. Then you should now.
  8. by   forget it!
    Originally posted by forget it!
    Yes, it is like that at the different places I have worked also. I even resigned from one of the places for this reason. I wish I had not done this because I realize now that it is like that everywhere. Hindsight is 20/20! I believe night shift has even more responsibility. (Can you tell I'm a night shifter also?) We do not have the extra help dayshift has, so I feel only really strong nurses should be put on night shift, that know what to do in an emergency situation without "suits" and other supervisors telling them what to do. I think that most D.O.N.s realize this also. How can they sleep at night if they are not comfortable that the nurses on the night shift have the experience and knowledge to take good care of the residents, patients, clients, etc. and are responsible enough to do this with out someone looking over their shoulder. So I say feel good about yourself Night shift workers and just let what ever day shift or evenings say roll right off unless of course there is any validity to it. Then you should now.
  9. by   shay
    Yeah, it's like that everywhere.

    I rotate shifts (ugh...), and there are pros and cons to both. I'm sure it's different in the ED (I'm OB), 'cause y'all don't have scheduled procedures and stuff....

    Anyhoo, to answer your question, yes, it's like that everywhere. And Tom, you play waaaaaaaay too much golf!! LOL!! How do you afford those greens fees???
  10. by   live4today
    If my body could tolerate working nightshift again, I preferred it over any other shift, especially dayshift. I prefer working without all the "wanna-be-chiefs" lurking for trouble on every unit they quickly pass through each day they work. :chuckle Nights always offered me more autonomy as a nurse because nightshift nurses are usually the only ones running the hospital units while the poor poor nursing admins are home sleeping comfy during the night. :chuckle

    So I use to say: "GIVE ME NIGHTS OR GIVE ME NOTHING AT ALL!" :kiss
  11. by   BadBird
    Will this battle ever end? Night shift complaining that they do all the baths, chart checks. Day shift that the go to CT constantly. I say rotate so everyone can be miserable together!!!!!
  12. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    from deep in the heart of Texas

    Ive been in ER so long now, just what is a bed bath..................................I forgot
  13. by   Tiiki
    Ok, here's my two cents worth. When I worked the floors, there were less nurses on nites, so essentially you had more patients, but you didn't have to worry about am care, dressing etc. I never really noticed an "attitude" between dayers and niters. I am now in the ER, we have as many on days as on nights, I really gotta tell ya, there is no difference. The patients come in around the clock, especially on a full moon. It's wild! The quiet hour seems to be between 0500hrs and 0700hrs. That's it. Steady steady steady! To be honest, I prefer days only because I'm a lousy day sleeper. But I work as hard on days as I do on nights.

    JO-ANNE
  14. by   inSANE
    Okay, this will probably get me smacked.........but I might like that so here it goes.
    Nightshift is wonderful, gives me more freedom to be me. No suits, no busybodies, and less staff. I could probably use more supervision (I heard some of you) but I have to have fun while I work, and my coworkers are usually my toys.....(put away the perverted thoughts)
    I do notice with a few dayshifters that they are needier, but a few comments usually knocks them back into shape. And some nightshift folks need it too. The anal retentive usually gather on dayshift (they are fun to mess with tooo) :chuckle
    By the way, I have been a nurse for over 13 yrs and this is my second ER to work....it is the same everywhere. Just smile and carry on as if you never noticed.

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