Anger problems during the NOC shift

  1. Any of you nurses come to work just totally pissed off for no reason at all EVERYNIGHT?

    Just before my shift starts, I psyche myself up not to get pissed as soon as I get report, but 30 minutes into the shift, my blood pressure is already skyrocketing. It's gotten so bad that I take it out on my poor coworkers (I actually, genuinely, can't stand half of them) and I'm not even aware of my anger.

    God, it sucks to be me at night.

    The good news is, I'm trying to get help and I think it's time to change my lifestyle and get a physical check up as soon as possible. Hmmmm...maybe it's my diet messing with my mood.

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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   hikernurse
    Does it happen during day shifts, too?
  4. by   meownsmile
    It could be part of it is your diet. But i think the first clue is psycing yourself out before you go to work. I dont know how long you have been at the present job but maybe its time for a change? I know i have to convince myself its going to be a decent day. Everyday before i go to work i make the comment "i dont want to work today". But by the time i get there and get into the routine, its fine. If you are staying negative maybe a department change or something might help.
  5. by   Transient
    Quote from hikernurse
    Does it happen during day shifts, too?
    I see where you're getting at. I'm actually chipper in the morning attending classes despite being "tired" working the NOC shift.

    I tried telling my manager that I wanted to go back to being per diem, but she needs me to work fulltime NOC. I actually never caused any kind of problems working the am and pm shift at my hospital. Maybe my last option is to quit or find another day shift job at another hospital. I better get my resume ready.

    :smilecoffeeIlovecof
  6. by   oramar
    I can only tell you what happened to me and that I used to do a lot of nights. I got to a certain point where I was starting to experience personality changes. I stopped working nights and the returned to my normal self. If the shift change had not worked I would have gotten professional help.
  7. by   Transient
    Quote from meownsmile
    It could be part of it is your diet. But i think the first clue is psycing yourself out before you go to work. I dont know how long you have been at the present job but maybe its time for a change? I know i have to convince myself its going to be a decent day. Everyday before i go to work i make the comment "i dont want to work today". But by the time i get there and get into the routine, its fine. If you are staying negative maybe a department change or something might help.
    I like my job, but it's the NOC shift and some of my coworkers that's getting to me.

    It's time to transfer or quit.
  8. by   NicoleRN07
    Sounds like you need a VACATION.......or MEDICATION! Take a break, relax, forget about work for a few days....you'll feel better. When you're at work, find the positive in everything and everyone. Do your job, take care of your patients, and don't worry about what everyone else is doing!
  9. by   hikernurse
    Quote from Transient
    I like my job, but it's the NOC shift and some of my coworkers that's getting to me.

    It's time to transfer or quit.
    It might not be a bad idea to at least keep your eyes open . . .
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    many people who have to sleep during day do not get sufficient rest..the quality of rem is just not there...if you have more than one kperson on a shift who is displaying lack of sleep sx you have a problem
    we spend too much of our lives working, it must be a pleasant time at least tolerable...look around, take a pay cut if you have to you will build up seniority soon enough

    good luck
  11. by   blueheaven
    Right now I am in your shoes, but I work DAY shift. I have had some discussions with my MD (adjusted my meds-lol) and he has told me that maybe it is time for me to consider changing jobs. After looking at things like 1) Is it working the odd hours that is affecting me? 2) Getting some help in order to optimize your own mental and or physical health. 3) Maybe you work with some pretty sick/toxic people and need to get away from that for your own health. Good luck!
  12. by   jannrn
    Could it be connected to serotonin? I know it is hugely affected by sleep or lack of, and I'm thinking it could be related to moods. I'd have to research this but aren't SSRI's Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors?

    insuffiecient sleep causes insuffiencient serotonin? Might be worth looking into.
  13. by   banditrn
    OP - well, it sounds like you've realized that it's YOUR problem, and you're trying to find a solution, which is good.

    I'm a nite worker - hate days - the other morning the nurse that followed me on days came in with a real attitude - snarled at one of her CNA's first thing when the gal asked her a question about her assignment - said "Don't MESS with me today!"

    Well, I'm sure that right there set the tone for the rest of her day - and for the poor CNA that she snarled at. I've decided that if she does it again, I'm going to ask her to leave her bad attitude outside the door.
  14. by   sister--*
    It sounds to me like there might be a control issue.....or lack of control.

    I know when I have to deal with too many of the "Mickey Mouse" things that make every task and care more time consuming and difficult I just feel my teeth start to grind.

    Short staffing, supplies stored a block away, not enough equipment, the wait between having orders written and receiving them on the floor, the wait for meds, staff telephone access blocked by huge cleaning carts, wet pt. floors (mop to air-dry), wet-floor signs blocking the entrance to pt. rooms, double and triple documentation of the same treatment/procedure, the constant noisy intrusion of the over-head paging system calling you to three different rooms simultaneously, the gravity of ALL your pt. assignments, pleasing a pt. family that has no clue (the warm blanket issue when the problem is an M.I.).......and so it goes.

    On your off-time find something that pleases and fills you! It's just too easy to empty the basket that brought you to Nursing and then become angry and cynical.

    I think for each of us we have to learn how to replenish that "basket". We're wired, taught, and mandated to give, give, and give somemore. Nowhere are we taught, encouraged, or mandated to take time for ourselves to replenish and rejuvinate.

    Good luck to you as you find your outlets and begin to fill your basket!

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