Night Shift And Cancer - page 8

"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   sbic56
    Originally posted by Good_Queen_Bess
    So then, not only do we have one of the most hazardous jobs in terms of:
    (a) abuse & violence
    (b) stress
    (c) COSHH (control of substance hazardous to health): ie toxins such as drugs, oxygen, boldily fluids, cleaning fluids, sharps, etc
    (d) Inadequate staffing level = possible unsafe practice, more of the above
    (e) Low moral, poor support and crap wages
    (f) Moving & Handling

    Due to putting strain on the body because of shift work, we also have a higher risk factor of premature DEATH.

    Nice to know isn't it.
    :chuckle You've gotta larf (or cry)!
    Interesting point, Good_Queen_Bess! As you say, may as well laugh about it! I wonder what the average life expectancy of a life long nurse is? Is that in itself adding to the shortage? I know it is hardly scientific, but over the years I have known many nurses who are no longer with us...and yes, they died before they retired. There must be stats somewhere on this. Interesting thread.
  2. by   Chiaramonte
    How can one get more sunlight working days and being inside all day? I would think those of us who work nights and get up at noon to enjoy BEING in the sun would fair better than those inside until 3:00pm with all the "artificial sunlight".
    After enjoying my sun-filled activities with my kids I slip back into bed at 7:00pm and sleep til I have to get ready for work.
    Boy, the people in Alaska who have so much more darkness than us must be dropping like flies...has anyone done a study on night shift workers in Alaska, I wonder...
  3. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by NightMoonRN
    How can one get more sunlight working days and being inside all day? I would think those of us who work nights and get up at noon to enjoy BEING in the sun would fair better than those inside until 3:00pm with all the "artificial sunlight".
    After enjoying my sun-filled activities with my kids I slip back into bed at 7:00pm and sleep til I have to get ready for work.
    Boy, the people in Alaska who have so much more darkness than us must be dropping like flies...has anyone done a study on night shift workers in Alaska, I wonder...

    Melatonin is produced at night and regular exposure to sunlight affects the production cycle, which peaks in the middle of the night. Artificial light suppresses melatonin production.
    The above quote is from the article I had given the link to a couple of posts ago. It seems that the problem is with the heavy exposure to artificail light supressing meletonin production, plus the disruption of the circadian rythym by staying up at night. I am thinking that some may be affected more than others having a predispostion as is so with many other health problems. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder which is caused by a disruption in the uptake of seretonin in the brain. I believe alot of our maladies originate from hormonal and chemical disruption and that we are just discovering the real impact of these disruptions.
  4. by   oraibi
    Originally posted by sbic56 :

    I believe alot of our maladies originate from hormonal and chemical disruption and that we are just discovering the real impact of these disruptions.

    hi,

    this discussion, like most about cancer, illustrate that clearly more is unknown than is known about the cause . . .

    most likely the *answer* is multifactorial

    lately i've been hearing that cancer might be more like a symptom of an impaired immune system than a separate disease on its own

    apparenlty we all have cancer cells in our bodies from time to time but a well-functioning immune system is able to identify and take care of these cancer cells before they become a problem

    when looking at cancer prevention i tend to look at activities that enhance the function of the immune system, like exercise, fresh air, stress reduction/managment, enjoyment, eating real food, etc.

    to good health . . . and what we do have control over!

    ~O
  5. by   sbic56
    oraibi
    Nice post! I believe a properly functioning immune system is very important in warding off cancer, as it is with many pathological processes. It makes alot of sense that anything from a disruption in our circadian rythym to the ultimate aging and subsequent loss of efficiency of the immune systems is going to raise ones chances of being afflicted with cancer.
  6. by   susi_q
    I've worked nights for about 5 years now - love the shift, and the people (and lack of admin, med staff, etc). It works for our family, too. But I have finally put a finger on why I get such a short fuse at times ... I'm acting like a stay-at-home mom during the day, then going to work at night - and doing it all over again later in the week (I'm a 2/wk employ). I wonder how many of us try to stretch ourselves in that way - which wears on the immune system, keeps us from our support systems - and wears out our bodies earlier?

    Hmmm!
  7. by   mommajoe
    Hey, I work at night and I also love it. I have been FTE and now PTE for the last 6 years. I have a wonderful husband who is able to care for our 3 children at night. I have a 11 year old son, a 7 year old daughter and a 15 month daughter. I will admit it is not always the perfect schedule but it is better than 12 hour days for me. I am not really sure how much I would see my children if I worked days. It does do damage to the body, but the way I look at it God is in full control of how many days I get down here anyway. Working at night makes it wonderful to be able to be a day mom and a night mom at times. I get to go to all the school stuff and also have time for myself during the day after I sleep a while. Summer is hard on the body for sleep. I get hot sleeping and hate all of the sunrays that come in from the window, but fall and winter are great months for sleeping. I just chalk it up to "all in days work." I would not want to work in the day time due to all the politics and "outpatient" clinic in LD. However, working at night in a rural hospital in LD can be scary at times, but I have learned don't ever be afraid to call the MD for anything--he is getting paid...
    Right now it is working great, but who knows I always like to keep my doors open for anything new. I am considering going back to get my masters to teach nursing at a nearby college when my little one goes to school. Nursing is so versatile!!! Thanks goodness especially for those of us who love change.
    I have to admit the $$$$$ is great and also the flexibility. My job works with my schedule majorly... Night--time employees are hard to replace---doesn't hurt to use that to your advantage at times.
    Hey guess what those depositions are over thank GOD!!! I did OK. Thanks so much for all the help/advice/suggestions.
    Love, mommajoe
  8. by   Gwennia
    One of the things I love about nursing is how it uses science, but at the same time does not get bogged down with it. Sure, everything gives you cancer these days, especially WORRYING ABOUT IT. Live you own life in the most convenient way, but don't forget to enjoy it in the meantime. The extra money doing nightshift may, for some, provide the resources to go and spend that much needed time in the sun. Please don't get swamped by someone's calculations regarding your time left on earth. For all you know you may switch over to dayshift and get run over by the seven o'clock bus. (being funny, not disrespectful).
  9. by   HI nurse
    i have worked nites for over ten year and i died at least two years before i was supposed to. but working nites did wonders for my sense of humor
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by HI nurse
    i have worked nites for over ten year and i died at least two years before i was supposed to. but working nites did wonders for my sense of humor
    Giggle!

    Sometimes it FEELS like I'm dead! LOL!

    Tonite, I am back at work after one nite off, had a 3 hr nap, I feel like I could go in the bedroom and sleep another 8 hrs! Groannn!
  11. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by HI nurse
    i have worked nites for over ten year and i died at least two years before i was supposed to. but working nites did wonders for my sense of humor
  12. by   kmlunar
    I have only been a nurse for a year but have worked nights for most of my 26 yr medical career. I am healthy, have few problems sleeping during the day and still manage to have an active daytime life! I think that perhaps I am a natural night person and will be very interested to see if being so shrtens my lifespan! Being an eternal optimist I sincerely doubt it!!!!!!
  13. by   kmlunar
    Just wanted to add that by working nights(12hr) I get to spend more quality time with my patients, have to deal less with the politics and can avoid the absolute insanity of to many people trying to do too many jobs in to short a time span in not enough space! ie total insanity!

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