Do Day Nurses Really Feel that Night Nurses Do Nothing All Night? - page 5

Having worked the 12 hour night shift in many hospitals I find the same things. Day shift nurses leave us so much work to do that we're playing catch up all night. We start off 2 hours behind... Read More

  1. by   KaraLea
    I have worked all shifts, 8 and 12 hrs. Right now I am working 3p-11p at a Psychiatric hospital and have to say that here there is not as much to do on evenings and nights as there is on days, but my last job was Med/Surg and nights sometimes worked harder than days. Both shifts got admissions and both had emergencies. Also, have you ever tried to get a doc to come in at 2am???? I have, and it is not fun.

    :roll :roll :roll
  2. by   I1tobern
    I have to agree with Fgr8out; I don't work in the medical environment yet, but I have never seen it fail in any work environment that one shift believes the others don't do as much(in some cases this is true) or that the other shift leaves all the crap for those to follow (sometimes this is true, too).
  3. by   indeed
    In my limited experience with all this, I have found that the things that make nights difficult at times are things that are taken completely for granted on days. When we get admissions on nights, we not only deal with the patients, but tired (and a lot of times pissy) family members, waking up docs, starting the chart (which is why days have secretaries), running to the supervisor's office for meds when we don't have a house orderly (same for PRBCs and the like), doing all of the baths on complete patients, transporting to stat tests (and sometimes the morgue), and the list goes on. Gods forbid the sh*t hits the fan, at which point we have most of our nurses in that room, leaving whomever is left to make sure the rest are safe and sound. Recently had a situation where, no kidding, it was a double header...two patients (naturally at opposite ends of the unit), one a possible CVA in progress, the other in SVT. At the very least we are good at RUNNING! And then factor in all of the mandatory inservices and meetings that are NEVER held at a decent hour (by night shifts standards) and do not take into account the fact that if a meeting is at 0800 (which won't start until 0830) and you have to be back at work at 1900...well, no, we aren't delighted because you brought bagels...we are TIRED. I would dare management to mandate an inservice at 0300 and expect day shift to show. All of these things, and more, we accept and expect, it's part of the job and we know that going in. Most nights shifters have weighed the pros and cons and are doing it because it works for them, NOT because it is easy. I challenge anyone who says night shift is "easier" (a laughable concept, seeing as no part of my brain can accept the idea of nursing being EASY) to come on in some night and lend us a hand. We could certainly use it! I understand fully well that day shift is a whole different bag of oats, and I don't envy them in the least (what with all that sun shining through the windows...hehe). I just get burned when people assume that because THEY are asleep, everyone else must be and therefore we have nothing to do. We're all nurses, we all work our fingers and feet to the bone, and we all need support, not UNconstructive criticism and blabbing about "I do more than you blah blah blah." Just my .02 (and then some!).

    Indeed.
  4. by   REDWOMANRN
    NIGHT OWL-RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!

    CANNOT AGREE MORE!!!!!!!
  5. by   Teshiee
    I think both shift works very hard. Perception is not reality. There are days when the dayshift can kick back and when night shift is running like crazy. When I get report from dayshift I can tell when they are busy simply because they didn't get all the work done. You can only do so much in 12 hours we shouldn't expect more than what we can do. I am not talking about the lazy ones but the true hard workers in nursing whether you are day shift or night. We work harrrrrrrrrd for our money! :-)
  6. by   live4today
    DAYSHIFT--EVENING SHIFT--NIGHTSHIFT...WORKED HARD ALL THREE SHIFTS. WORKED 8 AND 12 HOUR SHIFTS, ROTATING SHIFTS, WEEKENDS ONLY, AND PRN. IF IT EXIST, I WORKED IT AND WORKED IT HARD! NO LAZY BONE HERE!!! :chuckle
  7. by   ARIOSRN
    NURSING IS 24/7. THAT IS A FRAISE THAT I HAVE TRUELY LEARNED TO HATE. WHY?, BECAUSE IT IS AN EXCUSE THAT ONLY SEEMS VALID WHEN USED BY DAY SHIFT. NIGHTS WORKS JUST AS HARD WITH NO SUPPORT STAFF. DAY SHIFT HAS TECHS, NIGHT SHIFT DOES NOT. DAY SHIFT RN'S DO NOT DO BATHS, NIGHT SHIFT RN'S HAVE TO DO ONE TO MAKE THE TECHS JOB ON DAYS EISIER. WE GET WRITTEN UP FOR FORGETING A WEIGHT, THEY CAN DUMP A 10 HOUR OLD TRANSFUSION ORDER OFF ON US, AND THE ANSWER WE GET WHEN WE COMPLAIN TO MNGMT IS NURSING IS 24/7. I DON'T MIND PICKING UP THE SLACK WHEN IT IS BUSY, BUT IT NEEDS TO GO BOTH WAYS. IF SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE LEFT BOTH SHIFTS SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH DO WAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND MGMT NEEDS TO SUPPORT THAT. WE WORK JUST AS HARD ON NIGHTS AND DESERVE THE RESPECT DAY SHIFT AWARDS THEMSEVES.
  8. by   mamabear
    Fraise? Truely? Eisier? No wonder we're treated like dirt.:imbar
    PS: It's phrase, truly, and easier.:stone
    PSS: I know I'll get a ton of hate mail; I have a thing about spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  9. by   TIREDmidnightRN
    This computer thing makes spelling and grammar errors sometimes...hit the worng key..(see..that was an accident.would have missed it if I hadn't had to answer the door and then come back to the keyboard)...WRONG key....type too fast..it is just too easy to mess up with these things!
  10. by   Norbert Holz
    Often in report I hear the night shift telling days that patient or room so n so was bathed on thier shift. Ever overhear any day shift ever tell nights who was bathed?
  11. by   Brita01
    Originally posted by ARIOSRN
    NURSING IS 24/7. THAT IS A FRAISE THAT I HAVE TRUELY LEARNED TO HATE. WHY?, BECAUSE IT IS AN EXCUSE THAT ONLY SEEMS VALID WHEN USED BY DAY SHIFT. NIGHTS WORKS JUST AS HARD WITH NO SUPPORT STAFF. DAY SHIFT HAS TECHS, NIGHT SHIFT DOES NOT. DAY SHIFT RN'S DO NOT DO BATHS, NIGHT SHIFT RN'S HAVE TO DO ONE TO MAKE THE TECHS JOB ON DAYS EISIER. WE GET WRITTEN UP FOR FORGETING A WEIGHT, THEY CAN DUMP A 10 HOUR OLD TRANSFUSION ORDER OFF ON US, AND THE ANSWER WE GET WHEN WE COMPLAIN TO MNGMT IS NURSING IS 24/7. I DON'T MIND PICKING UP THE SLACK WHEN IT IS BUSY, BUT IT NEEDS TO GO BOTH WAYS. IF SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE LEFT BOTH SHIFTS SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH DO WAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND MGMT NEEDS TO SUPPORT THAT. WE WORK JUST AS HARD ON NIGHTS AND DESERVE THE RESPECT DAY SHIFT AWARDS THEMSEVES.


    ARIOSRN, I agree with what you said wholeheartedly, especially about those blood transfusion orders. And I don't care about your spelling, I care about what you're saying.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    I think that because a few lazy bad apples on night shift DO exist, the rest of us put up with the' lazy night shift' label.

    Management LOVES to foster resentment between shifts....'divide and conquer' ya know??....remember that next time you feel like slamming the opposite shift.

    When I did swing shift there was very little hostility between shifts because we all knew the pros and cons of the various shifts. We didn't have the turf wars and resentment I see today.

    I did nights mostly, but liked to come in and work with the day crew once every few weeks. It's good for everyone when we walk in one another's duty shoes occasionally.

    Can't stand dealing with all the suits that hang around on day shift....so if they can put up with THAT, I'll hang a unit of blood for them....no biggie.
  13. by   live4today
    When I worked nights (which was most of the time), I worked my behind off! Now...there were other staff not working...but I worked! :chuckle

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