Night Nurses-Pts think we sleep? - page 2

I work 1800-0700 on a surgical floor. I am amazed at how many patients think we actually sleep at night. :icon_lol: I've even had them apologize for "waking me", and "gee, honey, I hope you can get... Read More

  1. by   amblessing
    Quote from nursemike?
    It was my understanding when I applied for night shift that we would mainly be drinking and playing cards all night.


    We have a pole . . .
  2. by   BamaRN
    Quote from nursemike?
    It was my understanding when I applied for night shift that we would mainly be drinking and playing cards all night.
    WHAT??? You mean thats not what ya'll do at night? Well my hospital can just forget me working the night shift when I graduate then.
  3. by   fab4fan
    Quote from dosamigos76
    I work 1800-0700 on a surgical floor. I am amazed at how many patients think we actually sleep at night. :icon_lol: I've even had them apologize for "waking me", and "gee, honey, I hope you can get some sleep." Explaining to them doesn't usually change their perception.
    Not a biggie, but surprised me when it first happened.

    Cheryl
    You know, when I was about 5y I had a tonsillectomy. I remember waking up in the middle of the night with a lot of throat pain, but I didn't call for the nurse because I didn't want to wake her up (this was back in the dark ages when parents weren't allowed to stay overnight).
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    A lot of the patients on the med-surg floor i worked on thought the nurses slept.

    Of course, the majority of the pts. were in the frame of mind that Eisenhower was still president.

    We'd had this one pt. who use to righ her light because "it looks like you all needed something to do, sitting on your ***es out there" (pt.'s words). The nurse was charting at the computer.
  5. by   KacyLynnRN
    I worked the night shift the first year I was a nurse and one time, a patient actually offered to share her bed with me!!! LOL Several patients made comments about 'waking me' if they turned their call light on, etc....they were all geriatric patients as well. Maybe that's how they did it on night shift in the 20's and 30's. LOL
  6. by   nursemike
    Quote from CBRN2B05
    WHAT??? You mean thats not what ya'll do at night? Well my hospital can just forget me working the night shift when I graduate then.
    That's what I'm saying. I don't start nights until I graduate, so I was kind of alarmed when I saw this thread about sleeping. If I wanted to sleep, I could stay home.

    Actually, I've done some one-on-one caregiving overnight, usually after my regular 3-11. Amazing how I'm never asleep before 0300 at home, but nearly comatose after 1230 at work.

    3-11 seems to be my natural rhythm, but I sure like the idea of 3x12's. They run 7-7, so my choices are limited. I'm kinda curious to see how this works out.
  7. by   P_RN
    No, no, no! It isn't sleeping it's MEDITATING. However night workers do it in a darkened room, with a pillow and blanket.....MEDITATING. Instead of Ommmmm its ZZZZZZZ.
  8. by   Headhurt
    Who has time for a nap?? Usually we are running from the moment we clock in, til we go home.

    I'd be happy if I could actually have a real hot lunch, instead of having to reheat it over and over because I've been called away so often. After the 5th reheating, one tends to lose their appetite!
  9. by   renerian
    . I don't work nights now but I have and do not recall catching any Zs..........

    renerian
  10. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from nursemike?
    It was my understanding when I applied for night shift that we would mainly be drinking and playing cards all night.
    AW Shukins Mike!!! I thought the same thing when I got hired on night shift.
  11. by   Mystery5
    Quote from RN4NICU
    Experts actually recommend that employers do just that - provide employees with a place to nap for about a half hour to an hour on the night shift. Their rationale is it lessens the ill health effects of night shift work and it also deters errors due to fatigue and car accidents from driving home while sleep deprived. Too bad most administrators and supervisors have their heads stuck too far up their posteriors to heed such advice - they would rather take the risk than do what is best for their employees.
    I work nights at a civilized small hospital where we take a one hour nap in the night, as long as things aren't too crazy. It really helps! I have no trouble waking up.
  12. by   toadie
    i have worked nights as a nurses aid to put myself through nursing school. it always annoys me when day shift comes on and acts as though we have been asleep alnight. u mean qshift orders really happen at night too? u mean demented geriatrics dont sleep through the night? what do u mean u can get admits at 0300? sometimes i wish people would realize that no matter what shift u work we all do the same things and the same amount.
  13. by   Blackcat99
    I work nights at LTC and we run all night. When certain residents put their call lights on every 5 minutes and then say "I'm sorry to have to wake you"
    I don't disagree with them because I hope they will feel " guilty" and will stop putting the call light on every 5 minutes. I do feel sorry for them because they are lonely and want someone to talk to but unfortunately, we just don't have time to socialize.

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