Night shift -- can you just take it easy, please? - page 2

by SoundofMusic

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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 family members with zillions of... Read More


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    It didn't sound like to me that the OP was expecting nights to pick up the slack but not be nasty (like some replies on this forum can be) and realize it's a 24 hr job. Days can't always get it all done. Obviously most of the previous posts always get everything done and never pass any tasks to the next shift? I wish I could be such a perfect nurse..... sigh.
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    Quote from DookieMeisterRN
    Could you explain how the OP just stating facts as they are, is 'part of the problem'? You must work nights. I've worked both and days are definitely more challenging any day compared to nights for me.
    I believe in being fair. If you have a problem, state your case and we will resolve it based on facts on had. Do not come to me telling me how you do this and that, and thus should be given this and that.

    If I was her charge and she told me that, I would be very irritated.Just tell me what the problem is and we can deal with it. Comparisms does not make for a pleasant work environment,.
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    NeoPediRN- Can they really make you stay? If they refuse to take report isn't that on them? I am not trying to sound sarcastic because I really don't know and that sounds crazy!
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    NeoPedi -- great post.

    I never expect any shift to be easy, either. I never get annoyed that I have to carry out a task that someone on nights left for me. To me it's a 24 hr team job -- that's why we have 2 shifts a day. I am happy to help someone out and just carry on. I just consider it part of the list and I'm doing my part to make a dent in it somehow.

    And I really don't feel any nurse is habitual in passing on tasks. I just don't know anyone like that -- who does it purposely. They might have a time management problem for sure ...but I've never seen a nurse who just "decides" to pass on tasks ...

    I agree that morale would be 50% better if we'd just try to offer some support to each other for a change.

    And honestly, if you have to say something to me, or your'e disappointed in me ...whatever ...just take it easy and offer the suggestion gently. No need to roll the eyes, be snitty, walk away in a huff. Just say it and be done with it. Just tired of the passive aggressive BS.
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    Quote from Katie5
    I believe in being fair. If you have a problem, state your case and we will resolve it based on facts on had. Do not come to me telling me how you do this and that, and thus should be given this and that.

    If I was her charge and she told me that, I would be very irritated.Just tell me what the problem is and we can deal with it. Comparisms does not make for a pleasant work environment,.
    Wow is all I can say. Are we reading the same post because you've just twisted it all around for an argument or you just don't understand what the OP is about? I don't get it.
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    Quote from DookieMeisterRN
    Wow is all I can say. Are we reading the same post because you've just twisted it all around for an argument or you just don't understand what the OP is about? I don't get it.
    I'm going to bed.That **** I typed up there doesn't even make sense to me.

    Will fix it later.
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    NSGstudent - Let's just say I got out of there at 1535

    SoundofMusic - no you can't do everything in a shift. No one ever died because they didn't get a washed up for a day or two. Techs who won't pitch in should be dealt with accordingly with management, and if you're not finding support there then there is more than one way to fry an egg......most of day shift is prioritization and reprioritization. If your pt has vital signs, their ACLS meds are on time and drips are correct and their blood sugars are decent, you've already won half the battle. Maybe you could come up with a system to make rounding work better for nurses? Maybe CM and MDs can round together? Set time? Group rounds? Implement a system on your floor where nurses can't be interrupted for anything routine between a certain hour or two? Implement "quiet time" where phone calls to the desk from families and/or visitors are restricted? There are things that can be done and I've seen all of the above work successfully to help nurses get the support they need to complete patient care.
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    Quote from SoundofMusic
    NeoPedi -- great post.

    I never expect any shift to be easy, either. I never get annoyed that I have to carry out a task that someone on nights left for me. To me it's a 24 hr team job -- that's why we have 2 shifts a day. I am happy to help someone out and just carry on. I just consider it part of the list and I'm doing my part to make a dent in it somehow.

    And I really don't feel any nurse is habitual in passing on tasks. I just don't know anyone like that -- who does it purposely. They might have a time management problem for sure ...but I've never seen a nurse who just "decides" to pass on tasks ...

    I agree that morale would be 50% better if we'd just try to offer some support to each other for a change.

    And honestly, if you have to say something to me, or your'e disappointed in me ...whatever ...just take it easy and offer the suggestion gently. No need to roll the eyes, be snitty, walk away in a huff. Just say it and be done with it. Just tired of the passive aggressive BS.

    I work on a pretty good unit so I don't see this attitude often as we have a fair share of male nurses so there's not so much cattiness. It's way harder to actually be thoughtful, helpful and kind than just rolling the eyes and acting snotty. Female nurses can be the worst martyrs.
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    hey girl, i'm a night shifter & i appreciate you, i totally do. both shifts have alot of crap that goes all, all of it difficult in many ways. (i dont get many sleeping pts, where do i get some of those?? ) we all need to just chill, we have 24 hr jobs & we can't get it all done in our shift, it's impossible. when a nurse rolls their eyes at me during report & i have to pass something on, i just ignore it and think to myself, "well i guess SuperNurse coming on here left his/her cape at home today." then let it go, finish report, & clock out.

    as for being a night shifter, i will freely tell anyone who asks why i work nights:
    1- not a morning person, i can't get up at 0500. doesnt work AT ALL.
    2- nights generally is less s*** for more pay. not always, but generally.
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    Just the title of this post shows part of the problem between day and night shift. Day shifters are always complaining that they have too much to do and that night shifters don't do enough and has it "easy". Night shifters get sick of hearing the day people complain and think that days don't realize that nights have their own specific and unique set of circumstances that come into play. Yes, for the most part, nights are slower. There's relatively no doctors, managers, or family members. There are still things to get done, and usually there are less available resources. Both shifts need to recognize and respect the tasks and issues that are specific to them, and they need to SUPPORT each other. Instead of saying "hey night shift, could you please it easy" (which just adds fuel to this debate), it should be approached in a more sensable way, rather than an attack.
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