Night Shift And Cancer - page 4

"The researchers studied 78,586 women taking part in a long-running program called the Nurses' Health Study. The nurses who worked night shifts at least three times a month for 15 years or more had a... Read More

  1. by   EmeraldNYL
    I am so glad to hear that there are some people who love night shift! I plan on working nights when I graduate because I definitely do not function well early in the AM. It seems like night shift one of those things that people absolutely LOVE or HATE.
  2. by   MandyInMS
    To each his/her own I say...I've worked both and prefer nights..there was a big layoff some 7-8 years ago and I was moved to day shift for like 6 months...the stress of all the BS from the 9000000000000 people looking over your shoulder, the MD's, and all the nit-picking about drove me batty...give me the night shift ANY time over days...if one thing doesn't kill ya another will..yeah, I'm tired..but hell ..what nurse,wife and mother isn't???..lol...so do what you like and what agrees with you personally
  3. by   New CCU RN
    I think the key is listening to your body. If you are tired, sleep. If you are hungry, eat. etc, etc. It seems like simple stuff, but often people (nurses included) ignore what their bodies are telling them. If you can't work 60 hrs a week, then don't.

    I work with many people that do too much overtime, are sleep deprived, and are putting their bodies at risk for developing problems. They tell the public to see a doc when something doesnt seem right, yet they don't for themselves. They don't eat right, they don't exercise.

    Not listening to what your body tells you, not giving yourself a means to relieve stress, not working it out, not getting sleep..... these are the things that cause ailments.
  4. by   New CCU RN
    PS These are the words that my ninety one year old grandma taught me....... she is still caring for herself with very little medical history. She worked in the telephone company for many, many years, raised four children having her last one at 42 years old, dealt with an alcholic husband.
  5. by   mattsmom81
    Great points CCU RN!

    It's easy for us to get like litle lab rats running on a wheel...LOL!

    And many of us become driven to do good, work extra, help out, etc... and tend to become 'human doings', forgetting to really listen to our bodies.

    I honestly would not be able to tolerate nursing anymore if I worked days...too much BS in our healthcare system (and it's MUCH heavier concentrated on days!!! LOL!
  6. by   HoJo
    Man what will they pull out of their &*^es next? No matter what we are ALL going to die of some type of cancer. Choose your fate, (insert Pinhead here from HellRaiser).

    A. sunlight= skin cancer.
    B. no light= colon/rectal cancer.

    Boy people aren't going to know what to do if they listen to the media, lol. They'll probably be living in plastic bubbles.
  7. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by New CCU RN
    I think the key is listening to your body. If you are tired, sleep. If you are hungry, eat. etc, etc. It seems like simple stuff, but often people (nurses included) ignore what their bodies are telling them. If you can't work 60 hrs a week, then don't.

    I work with many people that do too much overtime, are sleep deprived, and are putting their bodies at risk for developing problems. They tell the public to see a doc when something doesnt seem right, yet they don't for themselves. They don't eat right, they don't exercise.

    Not listening to what your body tells you, not giving yourself a means to relieve stress, not working it out, not getting sleep..... these are the things that cause ailments.
    Can I quote you next time I'm sleepy before my shift ends?? LOL

    Excellent points. I said that just today on my day off. "I'm tired, I'm listening to my body and taking a nap. Screw cleaning this house." :chuckle

    It's amazing how many people abuse themselves and then run to the doctor later saying "I'm sick, fix me. But I want a pill, I don't want to change."
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Tweety . . . . I did the same thing today. Took a three hour nap with my toddler. Heaven . . . .

    I've spent the last two weeks getting ready for my 18 y.o. to graduate last night . . . . kinda burnt myself out.

    . . . . and I'm sitting here enjoying a glass of wine waiting for a breeze to come up and blow through the window . . . hot here. And our cooler isn't in yet . .. just a month ago it snowed here.



    steph
  9. by   angelbear
    Do any of you 3rd shifters suffer from guilt for sleeping so much through the day. I swear I only sleep 7 to 9 hrs but I feel like I could sleep a heck of alot more. But it makes me feel like a lazy person. I dont know why. Other people sleep that many hours but somehow I still feel guilty. My sleep doesnt seem as restful as it should and I have been doing this for 5yrs. Just wondering if anyone else has the guilt thing.
  10. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by angelbear
    Do any of you 3rd shifters suffer from guilt for sleeping so much through the day. I swear I only sleep 7 to 9 hrs but I feel like I could sleep a heck of alot more. But it makes me feel like a lazy person. I dont know why. Other people sleep that many hours but somehow I still feel guilty. My sleep doesnt seem as restful as it should and I have been doing this for 5yrs. Just wondering if anyone else has the guilt thing.
    I never felt guilt over sleeping the 5-6 hours I got between shifts when I worked nights. (I'd play catch up with a 10 hour sleep "marathon" about once a week.) I sure felt angry when some people implied that all I did was sleep though! Or the phone would ring and I'd groggily answer to hear someone say...."oh, were you sleeping?" I sometimes had the urge to call them back at 3 am and say..."oh, were you sleeping?" I am on days now and have so much respect for the sleep time of night workers as I know how maddening it was to be called at all and even worse be called lazy when I was just trying to get MY sleep.
  11. by   SharkLPN
    I'm on nights and love love love it. Always have been the night owl though - I even took afternoon kindergarten (back when you only went for 1/2 day), because Mom couldn't get me up and moving in the morning!

    My theory about night shifters having a higher occurence of colon/rectal cancer is that we tend to have less suits, MDs, supervisors, etc. with their noses wedged firmly up our heinies! No one is there to check us for abnormal polyps!
  12. by   healingtouchRN
    I agree about the people who say "you slept all day!" I remind them that I work 12 hours nites, & have done more before 7am than they do all day!!! I would love to call these telemarketeers @ 0330 & give them some advice about not waking up sleepy nurses!
  13. by   nightnurse49
    LOL, Shark! That's exactly how I feel about it! I work nights to stay away from the brass. They really pile on the paperwork with nights, though. They think these people SLEEP all night!

    I think the important thing to do is to get yourself into a routine when you come home in the morning and stick to it. I know a lot of people who, even on their days off, stay up all night. I don't do that because I do like sleeping with my husband so he doesn't forget what I look like! On my day off I usually take a two hour nap when I get home and then stay up until bedtime. It works for me. Do whatever you have to do to get your rest, and for heaven's sake, don't feel guilty about it! Your family is much better off with a mom who sleeps during the day than with a dead mommy from driving into a tree on the way home from work one morning!

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