I love night shift!!!!! - page 2

I've been a nurse for a year now, started orientation on days, of course, and then on nights. That's how it's usually done in my hospital. Well, I always assumed that I would switch to day shift, the... Read More

  1. by   tantarosa
    I too love the night shift. A few years ago I worked the noc shift in LTC it was very rewarding my kids were in school so I would come home and sleep while they were in school. Then I went back to days and a management positon it was O.K. not to incredably stressful. Then I moved across the country went to work in managment again in LTC 8-5 m-f. it sucked. Very difficult to get time off and meetings,meetings,meetings, where is the patient care? I never worked in a hospital went to the local one was hired med/surg night shift. I have finished my day shift orientation and now work nights and I couldn't be happier. 3 shifts a week is fulltime with bennies. I have lots of 3 and 4 day mini vacations every month. The group I work with is tight and we are a team. My kids are grown and out of the house< its me and my cat. I have learned to adjust its great. I once said I'd never do nights again never say never. I'm going to enjoy it while I can. Like someone else said on nights you have the chance to inter act with patients and give them some real TLC. I love my profession it's not a job its a lifestyle.
  2. by   HM2VikingRN
    Give me nights or give me death

    (With apologies to Patrick Henry)
  3. by   rninme
    Quote from HM2Viking
    Give me nights or give me death

    (With apologies to Patrick Henry)
    LOL!! I have worked nights for almost....(gasp)...20 years!! The old bod is finally giving out...can't see myself on this shift for too many more years. I love nights for the reasons that have been mentioned....plus my shift diff is substantial. But....the cobwebs are creeping in....that's why I am back in school at my age....working on my master's.
  4. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    I am 61 yrs. old; have worked nite shift (2300-0730) for almost 30 yrs.
    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! Would never go back to days!!

    My body is not doing so well, but it would be worse on days!!

    we have a really good nite group.

    Mary Ann
  5. by   tencat
    It's good to see that it is possible to like nights. I am not so hot on the idea of working the night shift, but it's the only shift I can get at the local hospital and not have to drive 1 1/2 hours one way to another job. Hopefully it will be good.
  6. by   Medic2RN
    I would love to get a shift on nights, but I don't think it would work out for me right now. An 8 month old, a 3 year old, and no sleep would make one cranky nurse!! :uhoh21:
  7. by   runaway
    I've been working nights for years and I'm doing fine. I get adrenalin rush on night shift, can manage the area well compared to day shift. with flex schedule (12-hours) I'm in it's a great schedule. er actions start at night.

    with children to take care of, my other half and I take turns caring for the kids... no need for babysitter. of course, we always find time to be intimate. lol

    runaway
  8. by   HeatherLPN
    I love working nights. You still have a lot to do, and a lot of extra things are nightshift duties (alarm battery changes, putting meds away, changeover, ect), but you also have that little extra time to comfort and care for your residents. When you have someone that is not going to be there very much longer, you have some time to just sit with them (and sometimes their family) and hold their hand and give little extra personal touches.

    Downside is waking up docs who sometimes aren't very good about it. I have had my butt reamed for calling the doc at 2am when I felt the need to. They may get mad, but oh well, I still call and get them sent out or get something ordered and can go home knowing I did the right thing instead of wringing my hands and waiting til 5 or 6a. And if that doc just gives you a hard time and hangs up (we actually have a few that will do this), then you can call the medical director and he will take over. Pees off the other doc, but these are people's well being, and sometimes their lives. Luckily I have a DON that will always back us up for calling as long as we feel it's necessary. And for the most part, the docs trust our judgement.
  9. by   georgeswife
    I am also 50 and got my RN in my 40's and have worked night shift in the same LTC facility for the last 7 years. No bosses, no doctors, no famililies.
  10. by   medsirgrn
    I am a new nurse on a med-surg floor and I could not imagine working on the day shift.My colleagues are very supportive and very helpful on the night shift.As a new nurse learrning the art of nursing was difficult orienting on the day shift.When I start working on the night shift everything came together much better for me.Having limited interactions with family members and doctors writing orders every hour is priceless.Yes our patient are more prone to crash at nights and we have to be especially be on the look out for that but that taught me to be more alert and to pay more attention to the little details that might cause my patient to crash.Most nurses will cover for each other on nights than they would on the day shift.What I hate most, is the attitude of the day shift nurses acting as if we did nothing all night.I love night shift and I would not give it up now for the world.
  11. by   EASY-E
    With Kids Night Shift Has Always Been The Answer ! Who Cares What The Question Is! Night Life Forever! I Have Worked It For 13 Years And Going Strong.
  12. by   kittylover
    I have worked the night shift for about 27 years and wouldn't change it. I am 50 years old and still able to sleep well during the day. I love the versatility of working nights. I can either come home in the morning and sleep for a while or , esp. during the holidays, go shopping before the crowds get to the stores. Or I can go right to bed, sleep for about 6 hours and then get up and do whatever I need to do. Can still go to functions in the evening if I need to, I still work 8 hour shifts. I enjoy my evenings and usually take an hour nap before going in to work. I love nights! Judy
  13. by   kittylover
    [QUOTE=kittylover]I have worked the night shift for about 27 years and wouldn't change it. I am 50 years old and still able to sleep well during the day. I love the versatility of working nights. I can either come home in the morning and sleep for a while or , esp. during the holidays, go shopping before the crowds get to the stores. Or I can go right to bed, sleep for about 6 hours and then get up and do whatever I need to do. Can still go to functions in the evening if I need to, I still work 8 hour shifts. I enjoy my evenings and usually take an hour nap before going in to work. I love nights! Judy, OKC:wavey

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