Night Nurses-Pts think we sleep? - page 5

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   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from snowfreeze
    Night shift is the content, responsible ones. They show up without complaint, year after year. Do all the paperwork, restocking, cleaning of pumps, poles, wheelchairs etc. On many units they answer call lights as often as all other shifts. But no visitors for most patients and the management is asleep so they can just "do their job" without the politics.
    The best place to work is a well oiled machine with the best staff for each shift.
    Ya must not supervise OB is you think visitors only come on dayshift. We get as many at NIGHT where we are.
  2. by   Mystery5
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Ya must not supervise OB is you think visitors only come on dayshift. We get as many at NIGHT where we are.
    And talk about psycho/social issues...
  3. by   boulergirl
    Yes, night people are awesome. We aren't so conformist. Not too many brownnosers amongst us.
    This is the beauty of working night shift. I hate what I'm doing to my body physically, but the peace and quiet makes it very bearable indeed.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Mystery5
    And talk about psycho/social issues...
    r
    rofl, me or the visitors????
  5. by   PMHNP10
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    We just sit around reading magazines, surfing the net and eating. No sleeping allows.

    Gee I thought I was probably the only nurse on this forum who was so fortunate to get to do this at work--including the option to sleep for 1+ hrs, which I don't do. Let me tell you though, it's not all it's cracked up to be. It's damn hard to sit at a job for 8 hrs at night and only do 1-2 real hours of work/ It's a catch 22: I find myself praying a pt will become agitated on our floor (or another floor so I can respond), but the problem with agitated patients on our floor is that they might wake up the other patients, then I feel bad for the pts.

    Note: I know you were being sarcastic...I was not.
  6. by   Mystery5
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    r
    rofl, me or the visitors????
    LOL, not sure 'bout you, but most certainly the visitors...:hatparty:
  7. by   zacarias
    Or when family members call at night and say , "Oh nurse, sorry to wake you up but I was wondering..."

    Actually, I'm a nightshift nurse and half or more of my shift is administrative stuff. Filing papers into the charts, 24 hour checks, checking and putting the new MARs in, (I realize most night shifts do this) and doing ALL the admit stuff; we have no charge or secretary at night.
  8. by   LPN1974
    Quote from Mystery5

    I work a 0.35 nights and a 0.25 evenings, for a total of a 0.6.

    Can you tell me what this ......0.35 and 0.25 for total of 0.6.....means?
  9. by   Malt123
    I worked as a supervisor in LTC and had to go around waking people up, especially the ones that were snoring. Of coarse they denied that they were sleeping.
  10. by   nekhismom
    Quote from LPN1974
    Can you tell me what this ......0.35 and 0.25 for total of 0.6.....means?
    Probably FTE's (full time equivalents)
  11. by   lpnshortygurl
    i work at a LTC facility and i do the 3-11/ 11-7 shift and some people Mostly CNA's (although nurses do too) sleep. I personally find that hard to do with the call bells constantly ringing and patients constantly wanting PAIN meds! But more importantly if I happen to fall asleep I feel like crap when i go to pass meds so i steer clear of the sleeping route!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    i work at a LTC facility and i do the 3-11/ 11-7 shift and some people Mostly CNA's (although nurses do too) sleep.

    Sooooooo, why are they not reported and/or fired?
  13. by   chimama
    Quote from nursemike?
    It was my understanding when I applied for night shift that we would mainly be drinking and playing cards all night.
    They won't let us drink at work anymore!They take all the fun out of everything!

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