Night Shift And Cancer - page 9

"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   PlanetCaroline
    My research methods is a bit rusty but...

    Associations cannot determine cause/effect relationships. Working nights doesn't make you sick, but there may be an unknown common factor among night nurses that is related to colorectal cancer. Here's my guess of the mystery carcinogen...

    Junk Food! My all nighters are often accompanied by vending machine cuisine. I'm guessing night nurses may not be eating enough fiber.

    Guess I'll be bringing my homemade broccoli/granola bars (fortified with raisins & tree bark) to work with me. --Caroline

    Originally posted by Talino
    "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 35 percent greater risk of colon or rectal cancer. "

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/condi...eut/index.html
  2. by   gojack
    I don't know a nice way to say it, but some of these comments are truly clueless.

    Night is not the time to be skating on a ward until 8 in the morning without a break. It is a sign of how debased American medicine is, that corporate care mandates that we do this. We, as nurses, should be demanding that we have a nap break of 2 hours in the middle of the night, to keep from killing ourselves. Oh, but some of you say you don't even believe that night work is destructive to mind and body?!!!!

    And you will probably respond, but what about the patients... how can we be sleeping between 4-6 AM?

    Use some imagination, for a change, will you? We need to let our patients sleep, and we need to stagger our own work in a sane manner. Of course, since hospitals have been changed into "healthcare" factories with sappy campaigns to maintain product line at optimum., etc.... the patient and nurse be damned, right? That's what management wants for both groups of sad, sleep-deprived souls to sheeplikedly accept.

    I despair when I see nurses writing things like "I love night shift! I prefer it..." What is really the truth for most of us, is that the hospitals have become such madhouses in the day, that most of us who do nights are trying to seek refuge from doctors, administrators, and YES-YES-YES, some of our fellow nurses who want to parade themselves as big shots. So don't smog that up with silliness about being a "night person" and blah-blah-blah. And that you are so much smarter than other night nurses who don't live healthfully and what not. What garbage.

    Pretty sad when nurses cannot even be unamiously clear that night shift is a killer. What other parts of medical knowledge are these nurses missing, with their tooo much supposedly positive thinking? Lets' take care of our patients by stopping the abuse that we are employed to dish out at nights, and by stopping the abuse we in turn receive by idiots that run these hospital temples of doom. They consider us a group of dummies for doing what they wouldn't do themselves for a second...... these damned idiot professional administrator class that has made US medicine more and more the scourge of the the industrialized world. LOOK AT THE STATS...... These hospital routines are killing staff and patient alike, while we try to just eke out a living and keep our patients for dying off in even worse numbers than the administrative routines would force.

    END THE MADNESS.... Corporate medicine is elderly abuse... and it's abusing the bedside caregiver, too.
  3. by   hogan4736
    Not just elderly abuse...

    You are correct on soooo many points...

    Though I do believe that SOME people are cut out for nights...

    I layed awake MANY a night as a seven year old (at 2 in the morning, listening to the radio, my only "late night friend") wondering if others suffered my fate!!

    I digress...

    "Corporate medicine" IS the norm jack...Get over it!

    Do your best in your allotted shift...

    Work hard and do well

    Set a good example for those around you!

    It's the only way nursing will flourish!


    (Burned from the ER...Here's to diversity within nursing), Sean
  4. by   hogan4736
    Staggering. sleeping on night shifts?!!!??

    It's a genius dream (I had it many years ago during a nap in a psych ward at 0300)...

    But w/ "corporate medicine" it will likely NEVER come to fruition...

    "What, PAY you for sleeping"

    Signed,

    Corporate, MBA (used to be ICU RN) idiot!!!
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Jul 2, '03
  5. by   gojack
    Reply to Sean...
    Corporate medicine is a cannibal, Sean. That's what the corporations are doing with the somewhat decent medical system what was once constructed in the US (by communities, nuns, and medical staff)................

    They are now cannibalizing it. There's nothing normal about what is being done, even if the American people stupidly allowed it to become the norm. We let the corporations steal medical care from us, and we can make it the norm to get it back, too.

    It's not enough to just work hard and do well. We have a responsibility to others around us.

    Gojack


    __________________________________________________ _
    Sean seys...
    "Corporate medicine" IS the norm jack...Get over it!

    Do your best in your allotted shift...

    Work hard and do well

    Set a good example for those around you!

    It's the only way nursing will flourish!
  6. by   sbic56
    gojack

    Loved your post . So many great points brought out in it. Some may become defensive about some of the things you have said, but I don't believe anyone can truly dispute the reality you point out.
  7. by   healingtouchRN
    have been on nites since the 80's. Only working days in hospital during obligatory orientations, & meetings....am truly a nite owl. I watch TV or play online til 6-7 am on nites off. My hubby is nite owl too, but he has day job so it is a pain for him. My hospital won't go for us sleeping, will get you fired on the spot. would like longer breaks but who would do the work? My patients would like to sleep at nite but in the ICU, labs, serial EKG's, baths before procedures, suctioning....they get very little unbroken rest. nuff said. Plus, I like my nite diff, makes a $5,000/year difference on my salary!
  8. by   debbie17368
    wow I'm worried now I work the night shift and I like it very much
  9. by   debbie17368
    Hello

    Can anybody tell me where can I read about this night shift and cancer thing? I'm worried now you know.
  10. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    Have tried the link, but it doesn't work anymore. They have prob removed it.
    You might have to do a search. I did a "yahoo" search and put in "night shifts and cancer" and it came up with a fair few links.
    Last edit by Good_Queen_Bess on Jul 3, '03
  11. by   Talino
    This originally posted article is more than a month old, must have been archived already. Anyhow try this link...., it's the same article

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...ightshift.html

    more articles here...

    http://websearch.cnn.com/search/sear...IFT+AND+CANCER
  12. by   debbie17368
    thanks guys!
  13. by   debbie17368
    Wow I read the article that Talino suggested and it really worried me since I work the night shift as a permanent basis and like it very much. I chose that shift because I have trouble sleeping at night and on my days off I go to bed pretty late. Does this mean that I'll have to rotate again? What do you guys think?

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