Night shift -- can you just take it easy, please? - page 8

I'm a day shift nurse. I usually handle 5 patients on days on a busy cardiac tele unit. On any given day shift, there are usually ten different tasks on 5 different patients, many more demanding... Read More

  1. by   morecoffeepls
    "6. Orders non-stop. Most orders are put in on days don't like being called at night and we all know it. They do their orders early and you have to get most of not all of them done on your shift."

    Maybe it's different on a psychiatric unit, and it's probably an anomoly specific to mine, but our in-house psychiatrist stays in his office all night calling out for charts and writing orders.

    Why sh*t on another shift altogether? I'm not the type to get defensive, but it sounds like you have a problem with your specific work environment and the nurses who staff it. There are several reasons why I like working nights, one of which is being the lone RN, and not having to work with self-important, hypercritical nurses who act like martyrs. I love the downtime on nights, and zipped through an online RN-BSN program because of it while working full-time and having a Greek (i.e. demanding) wife and 2 wackjob boys under the age of 5 (and another kid cooking, thank you). I don't mind cleaning up after other shifts (entering missed orders, etc.), but I don't make a big production out of it or even mention it unless it's necessary. Also, if someone is in need, you call a doctor for orders regardless of what time it is, right? Not an issue. Sure, it's easier for me to be a team player: come in off-shift to chair unit council, fill out as much discharge paperwork as I can if I know it's imminent, clip a.m. meds together if it's a full census or whenever, fill out another nurse's assigned treatment plan notes if I feel like it, draw blood for at least half a dozen patients every morning; but, if I happen to get 3 admissions, and it's a full moon so everyone is out of their skulls, and the psychiatrist sends me orders on every single patient, and I don't have time to drink my coffee (!) while it's hot much less eat lunch, then you can maybe not be a c-word-rag for 2 seconds out of your life and cry about some truly insignificant thing that you perceive as being neglected or dumped on you even though it takes those same 2 seconds to get it done, please.

    Of course I am using your post to vent my frustrations regarding certain nurses with whom I work. You really haven't made the distinction between your own personal circumstances and judgment/disdain for Nights en masse, your perceived opposition in the proverbial "shift war". It's your tone that is mildly offensive (the CAPS are a little MUCH). We get it, you're overburdened. But you also probably have some semblance of a life. Must be nice.

    Even though I miss having more direct patient care opportunities, and even though a fair amount of my downtime is spent as the night unit clerk, I enjoy contributing as much as I can to my unit regardless of how my role is perceived by nurses on other shifts. Also, I make at least 35% more than nurses on day shift; so, whatever. Do you like apples?
  2. by   joanna73
    The night differential is definitely a plus. I don't need to work as many shifts to make the money I need.