I love night shift!!!!! - page 3

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   blueheaven
    I TOTALLY LOVED night shift for all the afore mentioned reasons and worked them for many years. Seems like all the nit-picking and back stabbing etc is worse on days. Everywhere I have ever worked nights, it has been much more collegial environment and when push came to shove everyone helped each other. Unfortunately as I have gotten older-my body started not coping well with the awake all night and sleep duing the day thing. WAAAAA!!I HATE day shift with a passion. I work 12 hr shifts so I can get my hours in and get 'em over with.
  2. by   bradleau
    I have done nights...now a 7PM to 7:30 AM shift for years. I am 16 yrs + now at the same job. I never was mentally awake in the morning, only coming alive after noon time. So I think that my not having to do much on my "days" off, and keeping sort of the same schedule makes it less confusing to my mind. To get shift diff for a job that works well for me is a nice bonus. I have not figured out an increase in pay to get me to work days. It is too noisy on days, and I do like to know where my patients are....not gone for tests, etc. I am nearly 58 with a lot of aches and pains that make it difficult to get rest. But days would not work out. I did the night shift due to child care issues and have loved it ever since.
  3. by   GrnHonu99
    I love night shift! I too find that if I work nights I don't sleep as much as I do when I work days.
  4. by   nurselondon
    Hello all ,
    I work as Nurses Assistant in an extremely busy London Emergency Dept. where we see on average 280- 320 patients per day . As an NA , our roles are quite dynamic within the ED. We cannulate ,venepunture, plaster , perform ECG's , dressings , assist in major trauma , generally a 2nd pair of hands , eyes ,ears and legs . We are kept busy throughout the dept constantly and our shifts are long and hellish 12 1/2 hours .

    Advice is sought , As with all our staff , we have approx 95 on our rosta , i rotate onto nights . our shifts begin at 19.30-08.00

    I have worked in our dept for 3 years or so and most recently , about 2 months, i have started to feel extremely fatigued and ill during my nightshift stints . This includes not sleeping during the day , and anxiety as a result . Vomitting , the runs , sweating and shaking around 2-4 am , dizziness , pounding migraine type headaches , and visual disturbances , and to top it all off , weight gain . I wouldn't say i was depressed , but during my days off i feel blue , tired and un motivated . I have taken to raiding the drugs cupboard for a few Lorazepam in order to help me get a good sleep so that i can continue to function to an appropriate level . I hate being tired as i'm usually fit , active and always on the ball at work . I pride myself in being there when needed for my colleagues , and my ability to get on by myself with no direction needed .

    I have tried everything to maintain good physical and mental health , running , gym , healthy meals and plenty of water . However i can only manage a slow jog for 10 mins , and that is usually on my home to my bed !!! , as for eating , it either go's straight through me in 10 mins ( literally ) or comes up again in about an hour . This is not the kind of life i want to be living and i'm not quite sure how to approach my manager about requesting to come off nightshifts . I am becoming aware that my body is showing signs of not coping anymore and it pains me to admit this . I'm a young and usually fit guy at the age of 33 , but i don't feel it anymore .

    Any advice given would be sincerely appreciated , sure i'm assertive enough to approach my manager myself , though as i feel completely shattered , i tend to be rather dysphasic and don't feel 100% confident in what i am saying .

    Many thanks .
  5. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    Quote from nurselondon
    Hello all ,
    I work as Nurses Assistant in an extremely busy London Emergency Dept. where we see on average 280- 320 patients per day . As an NA , our roles are quite dynamic within the ED. We cannulate ,venepunture, plaster , perform ECG's , dressings , assist in major trauma , generally a 2nd pair of hands , eyes ,ears and legs . We are kept busy throughout the dept constantly and our shifts are long and hellish 12 1/2 hours .

    Advice is sought , As with all our staff , we have approx 95 on our rosta , i rotate onto nights . our shifts begin at 19.30-08.00

    I have worked in our dept for 3 years or so and most recently , about 2 months, i have started to feel extremely fatigued and ill during my nightshift stints . This includes not sleeping during the day , and anxiety as a result . Vomitting , the runs , sweating and shaking around 2-4 am , dizziness , pounding migraine type headaches , and visual disturbances , and to top it all off , weight gain . I wouldn't say i was depressed , but during my days off i feel blue , tired and un motivated . I have taken to raiding the drugs cupboard for a few Lorazepam in order to help me get a good sleep so that i can continue to function to an appropriate level . I hate being tired as i'm usually fit , active and always on the ball at work . I pride myself in being there when needed for my colleagues , and my ability to get on by myself with no direction needed .

    I have tried everything to maintain good physical and mental health , running , gym , healthy meals and plenty of water . However i can only manage a slow jog for 10 mins , and that is usually on my home to my bed !!! , as for eating , it either go's straight through me in 10 mins ( literally ) or comes up again in about an hour . This is not the kind of life i want to be living and i'm not quite sure how to approach my manager about requesting to come off nightshifts . I am becoming aware that my body is showing signs of not coping anymore and it pains me to admit this . I'm a young and usually fit guy at the age of 33 , but i don't feel it anymore .

    Any advice given would be sincerely appreciated , sure i'm assertive enough to approach my manager myself , though as i feel completely shattered , i tend to be rather dysphasic and don't feel 100% confident in what i am saying .

    Many thanks .

    Hi! I have been a night shift nurse for almost 20 years, and I love it!!! I am 43--and with different jobs, military nursing and kids---and have tried many ways to deal with the altered sleep thing--both physically and socially. Here's some advice::
    a-stop with the Lorazepam--it's not a good long-term solution.
    b-When working, rotate cold water with whatever else you drink--especially caffienated beverages--much exhaustion is mild and major dehydration.
    c-To get energy, I have been having much success with non-ephedra "diet aides"--OTC--and the cortislim/relacore products help deal with some depression issues.
    d-For sleep--try Benedryl, but that made me slow to wake and foggy at work--but I do know some night shift folk who swear by it--my preference is either a glass of red wine before sleep (there's something in red that makes it better than white) or OTC melatonin--which helps me get back to sleep after kids or pets wake me after too little sleep.
    Good Luck!! Love, Laughter and Blessing!!! Patti!!!
  6. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    To NurseLondon--As I left the computer, I thought more about your letter--Please look into the s/s of Burnout and PTSD--you need to take care of yourself--your manager should know your value, and give you support in this. When I left the Air Force, I thought I had hated nursing, but it was burnout with the Air Force only, and realizing that I am more than any one job. We as nurses tend define ourselves by our job way too much---and guys, I think do that worse than women. There is a saying I use frequently when teaching---On and airplane, if you ride with children, the stewards tell you that if the O2 masks drop--put one on yourself before your child. As a parent, we often don't think that way--but if we don't take care of ourselves, we have nothing left to give others.
    Love, Laughter and Blessings! -
    Patti!
  7. by   bradleau
    Ouch....I really feel for you and your discomfort. Thank goodness that the "rotating" shifts are pretty much long gone. Medical science finally figured out that it is NOT HEALTHY to do this to workers. When I started out, back in 1973 the ONLY shift that did not rotate was the 11PM to 7:30 am shift. So that was a bonus. I do not do well on rotating shifts. That is a cruelity.
    Regarding your health complaints, I would first get a good physicial to rule out any obvious physical problems. Including problems of sleep apnea, and the like. You mentioned that you do a lot of healthy things, but if you are doing this during the day hours you are confusing your body. To rotate from 12 + hours nights and 12+ hours days requires at least a week or more to get your time clock reset. This does not mean showing up for work. When the 8 hour shifts were done, it was a bit easier to make the transition.
    I set my clock to take my medications the same time every day, twice a day. If I want to go back to sleep, then I do, but after taking my medications. I try to keep my self somewhat on my schedule like I do when working.
    Some staff never do adapt to nights. Usually the day life they still try to live makes it difficult to get sleep. Some of the staff I have worked with got help from the doctors to show that they needed to change to days. One test is the one for sleep apnea. When I was first tested, they were able to tell me that my "body clock" was not totally on nights, but that I was more a 3 PM to 4 AM person. Working 3-11PM kept me too "jacked up"
    to go home and sleep. So when I went home I just stayed up till 8 AM. NOT GOOD.
    Now I am a total night person. During the winter, I make it a point to sit in a sunny window while eatting my breakfast so as to counter the depression that lack of sunlight can cause. I do not work out or run, as my body especially my legs would not hold up.
    Yes, at my age of nearly 58, I definately feel much better and have MUCH less physical pain if I am off work. Yesterday I came home after one night, and could not sleep due to my body aching so bad. Medications do not help. At least the over the counter ones.
    So the first thing would be to get a physical, document what happens to you on nights, on a regular basis, and also make a comparison chart of how your health improves when working days.
    Your department head may give you grief regarding your not wanting to work nights, but ask around and you may find someone on days who hates it that would like to be straight nights. That would help back up your request. Our boss's love it when we solve our own problems, especially when we get coverage for our shift.
    Take care and let us know how it turns out. :zzzzz :typing :icon_hug:
  8. by   elizabeth321
    I have been doing shift off and on for 20 years.....I finally landed the Monday-friday day job and things have never been better! I feel human again...I didn't reallize how bad I felt....

    I am concerned with anyone that is using drugs to cope to go to sleep to wake up etc.

    Liz
    Last edit by elizabeth321 on Oct 1, '06
  9. by   neygray
    Love the night shift. As a new grad, that's what I was offered. After a year, I had the DON of my floor questioning me every a.m. that I actually saw her when I would come to days. If she had asked me a year ago, I would have asked how soon can you put me on...but after the year on nights, the answer was NEVER! The is a different bond among staff on the P-A shift. You depend on and bounce problems off one another. Dayshift is busy in ways that I don't want, as others said, pt's going off the floor for procedures(and techs bringing them back to the floor when you didn't even know that they had left), docs and med students rounding, management out the ying-yang. Nightshift is busy in different ways with surgical preps, late arriving postops, EC admits, and the facility in which I work, a.m. lab draws, 24 hour chartchecks, etc. I will take the daytime sleeping 3 days a week and enjoy my 'days' off when everyone is at work and get things done with nobody to bother me.:wink2:

    I too would worry if I had to medicate frequently to sleep. That has never been an issue for me though. I've worked nights for 3 years and I can sleep fine on my nights off. But, I can sleep fine anytime of the day. Hubby is a nightshift worker and he says I have a very special 'gift' of sleeping on demand.:0)
    Last edit by neygray on Sep 9, '06
  10. by   rmengis
    I am a new BSN grad and starting my first nursing job tomorrow night. I signed on for 50/50 days & nights (each for a month at a shot). Since I've never worked a night shift, I wanted to know how other's feel and learn any tricks for successfully managing the switch... thanks to all of you for providing just that!

    I'll check back after a time and let anyone interested know how it's going.

    :mortarboard:
  11. by   meintheUSA
    Quote from rmengis
    I am a new BSN grad and starting my first nursing job tomorrow night. I signed on for 50/50 days & nights (each for a month at a shot). Since I've never worked a night shift, I wanted to know how other's feel and learn any tricks for successfully managing the switch... thanks to all of you for providing just that!

    I'll check back after a time and let anyone interested know how it's going.

    :mortarboard:
    Been working night shift for two years now in LTC... The first year I worked full time, and was ready to quit everyday... Felt like I NEVER had a day off, because by the time my body caught up to being off, it was back to work time...
    A year ago, I had the GREAT fortune of bidding on part time on our floor on night shift. Now I love going to work. I am 54 yrs old, and full time was just toooo much on my worn out body. Part time is terrific for me. People work together on my floor and my shift. We talk about fun things and have fun working. No Mang. around, and the RN and LPNs are super. They respect the CNA's and we enjoy working together.
    Am glad I did not change jobs, just my hours that first year. Hang in there nighters... We all have been there and need each other.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    glad for those who love NOCS. You can have MY place cause after 9 years of it, I have had enough..,,,,,

    lil ole body can't handle the sleep adjustments and the like. And since I quit it, carb cravings nearly gone. No need to take melatonin to sleep, (and not sleep well anyhow).

    I am truly glad for those who love NOCS, bless you! It's never been for me.
  13. by   Qulen-2006
    I will choose to work at night ,too.

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