Night shift and Sleeping - page 8
This is a spinoff thread from the thread about the nurse getting caught sleeping. I have always wondered if everyone stays awake on night shift (RN Wise). I am a CNA (getting my BSN in May) and... Read More
Apr 11, '11I was a CNA for years.. I worked the midnight shift for several months. I never once fell asleep. I stayed up the entire shift. When I got home is a different story. I slept all day. Midnights is rough, but if you can handle, go for it. It's usually the quietest of all the shifts.
Apr 12, '11Quote from jaznia15Ha! I can't sleep at night (as evidenced by the fact that it's after 1 am and I'm up cleaning house then surfing the net). I've had problems sleeping at night for years, have found night shift to be a haven for me.This is a spinoff thread from the thread about the nurse getting caught sleeping. I have always wondered if everyone stays awake on night shift (RN Wise). I am a CNA (getting my BSN in May) and every NURSING HOME I have worked in, workers have slept between rounds mostly CNAs but some nurses (LPNs). I have a big fear that I will end up falling asleep during night shift in the hospital and was wondering what keeps night shift nurses up at night??? Is it an easy feat or does it require a bunch of coffee and willpower???
I have problems when I have to float to dayshift. The past two weekends, I had to work dayshift both Saturdays and Sundays. I got a total of 6 hours sleep the weekend before last and this past weekend I got a total of 8 hours. I slept all day today..well, Monday I mean. I find myself needing to consume massive amounts of caffeine on the dayshift.
I guess my natural rhythm is a night owl.
Apr 12, '11I do not like owrking nights. I have trouble sleeping during the day. Many nights my friends I wish I could lay my head on a pillow for even 30 minutes. Not allowed where I work!:angthts:
Apr 12, '11Quote from KatieP86I suppose blasting itunes on the job is more acceptableI have never once slept on nights, and I don't understand how someone could. I am always busy with something, even if it's just cleaning, or re-stocking, or filing notes. Give me any mundane task! I also drink a ton of tea or coca-cola to keep awake.
If I'm *really* struggling, I blast a loud tune into my head on the iPod.
Apr 12, '11Playing tunes isn't acceptable either IMO. We all have a professional image to uphold, and a responsibility to stay awake for these people. If you can't handle nights, don't work them. We're not paid to sleep. Unless of course, you are fully covered, and on your break. Maybe that's a little different. Even still, I know of some facilities that don't allow sleeping on breaks.
Apr 12, '11When I worked as a CNA in LTC, I would nap on my break if it was a rare night where residents were sleeping and no call lights were going off. I really don't see anything wrong with sleeping/napping on your break. I always felt rejuvenated after such naps.