Are you one permenant nights?

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    I just did my fist night shift and I think I may have found my calling! everyones unconcious so they cant ask you to fluff their bloody pillows or do something they can easily do themselves, no relatives on the phone. you get to wake up doctors and treat them in much the same ways as a kitten would a ball of yarn, the majority of arrests happen at night (and call me sick, but I love participating in an arrest, especialy sucessful ones, theres no better rush)

    And I spent 3 hours holding a patients hand and telling him he'd be okay as we sorted out his SOB (resps of 45-50) which is the kind of one on one care you cant give duiring the day....


    yup yup yup, no more evil day light for me! I will be that strange skinny guy with skill the colour of alablaster who only comes out at night to care for the sick, sociability and friends are for the weak!!
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  3. by   Chiaramonte
    Welcome to Mushroom Land!!
  4. by   WalMart_ADN
    ahh welcome british student!!!...........but don't let anyone else in on our secret......... :roll:
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    Oh, I too work straight nights and for pretty much the same reasons. No annoying family members, doctors, students, therapists, social workers, etc. No running to CT scan with your intubated pt when ya gotta take 3 people with you, BIG messes there. Not too many meds to give. In general, patients sleep on night shift but that's also when some of them start to get really wacky!! Or the day shift tells you, they were FINE all DAY and then you go to assess them their BP is in the toilet and all he!!n breaks loose! I work in critical care so that is a common occurence for me. PLUS We get paid more on nights, for me, it averages out to an extra 2 bucks/hr to work nights. Never again will I work day shift!
  6. by   chicagonurse
    I love nights and would never work another shift. I work with the friendliest most helpful staff I am so lucky. Days on the other hand has problems-too many bosses, doctors, PT, OT, and worst of all families. Is it just me or are the family members worse than the patients?
  7. by   WalMart_ADN
    in pediatrics....the family members are definately worse than the patients...
  8. by   KC CHICK
    I love nights too! Would NOT go to days....
    But, you guys are making sound like we don't do anything on nights. Like it's nothing but gravy.
    EVERYONE ASLEEP??? HAH!! I just don't know what to say to that. I've had plenty of patients that want me to "fluff their pillows", among other things, after MN. Do you all have a special pill that you give everyone at night to knock 'em out?? Whatever it is, we don't have it!!

    Night shift, where I work anyway, gets more admissions than day shift by far. We had at least 7 admits on our shift last night. Not to mention the patient that expired at 2AM. (Guess we had 1 discharge.)

    Anne (can you tell I had a busy night??)
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Feb 17, '03
  9. by   WalMart_ADN
    Anne....

    i do'nt know what it is, but it is a rarity for one of the kids to be awake during the night. i'm not saying we don't do anything, we have PLENTY to do, but for the most part we can sneak around and do it while the kiddos are sleeping. We are especially busy when we have little babies on the floor with no parents staying with them....why is it they are always all hungry at the same time?
    and it just so happens to be the same time you have 3 abx. due and chemo to hang?
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Well, as an ER nurse, we are stinkin busy at noc - especially full moon nights!!!
  11. by   KC CHICK
    It's the elderly.....believe me. THEY DON'T SLEEP!
    And being on a telemetry floor makes it extra busy. I don't mind. I just don't want others to get the WRONG impression. We are just as busy, if not more so, than our day shift.

    Yes, trauma, I know. If ER's busy, We're busy. One definately affects the other.
  12. by   Tweety
    I've worked nights over 11 years and won't go back to days. But I don't like nights because patients sleep!

    I like nights because there are no MDs, management, and most of the family members have left. We nurses run that place at night!
  13. by   911fltrn
    I work E.R. also. Work the old rear off. CLean house so days can sit on their rears for the first few hours of their shift. Of coarse its packed when we walk back in the door. Nights is the only shift for me. I have no tolerance for managers who cant take care of patients. They have no tolerance for being around at night! I also believe the night shift has better teamwork!
  14. by   WalMart_ADN
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    I've worked nights over 11 years and won't go back to days. But I don't like nights because patients sleep!

    I like nights because there are no MDs, management, and most of the family members have left. We nurses run that place at night!



    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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