My husband and I are both RN's. A real irritation for my husband at present (and for me in the past when I used to work at the same hospital as him) was when there were mandatory inservices or meetings AND the only time offerings were during day time hours. What about night shift employees??? Shouldn't there at least be a handful of night time options?? It only seems fair. How would day shift like it if they had to come in at 12 midnight or 2am for a meeting or inservice??
This is the ironic thing: When we lived in another state, we worked at a small 100 bed hospital. When there were mandatory meetings or inservices, this little hospital ALWAYS had some on night shift times! Now we have worked at a large 800 plus bed teaching hospital AND they only offer day shift options. This huge hospital has way more night shift employees, so you'd think they would offer more options for nights...but no, they offer none at all!
How is it at your hospital???
I guess this is particularly an irritation for us because we are "serious" night people. We are natural night owls. We have worked either nights or evenings for close to 20 years by choice. It is a way of life for us. Having to get up in the morning to go to a meeting or inservice is a major inconvenience and disrupts our normal sleep....Like a day shifter having to come in at midnight or 2 am...
Thanks for listening to my vent. More for my husband than me! :wink2: I left the hospital setting almost 4 years ago...not going back!
I can understand the logistical difficulties of offering the "big stuff" like PALS and ACLS on night shift.
But there is no excuse for failing to provide routine unit-based staff meetings and education on off shifts.
Next time, call your manager at home at 3:00 am and ask for a briefing.
Last edit by Jolie on Sep 28, '08