Anyone working NOCS...RNs, LVNs, CNAs...
Share your hidden secret to everyone how you survive the night shift...How you handle stressful shifts; what you do to get patients to do your bidding etc.
In addition, little known keys to surviving one's days off...how you pamper
self...and dealing with those dreaded Mood changes.
Jan 9, '07
During my shifts (usually 12hrs), I drink LOTS of coffee and diet Pepsi. NM once asked me if I was an over-fluidator when she saw me walk into the break room before shift report with a 2 liter in one hand and a 24oz cappucino in the other. LOL
I'm naturally a night-owl, though its a bit difficult with young children in the house. But on the days I work, I sleep as much as I can before my shift. I found that black curtains over the windows block the light much better than blinds. I also use a fan and keep the room cool when I sleep during the day. I turn off my phone! and I disconnected the doorbell a long time ago.
As for mood changes, I just blame them on being a woman. Hubby doesn't know the difference. LOL
Last edit by feisty_lpn on Jan 9, '07
Jan 9, '07
:redlight: Little known keys that I have picked up just being the NIGHT NURSE:
1. Begin one's shift by making "friends" with all your patients; a calm hands approach with assessment and a quality time approach can work wonders to still the squeeky eaky patients that want assurance that you'll be there for them during the NIGHT...
2. End the first night med pass with verbal "GOOD NIGHT." This orients your patients that it is night time...and time to sleep. Not Saturday morning and time for ROMPER ROOM!
3. Expect the unexpected...yes even nude clad woman/man attempting quick escape...as I did last night lol
4. Now I don't know how to rid myself of those nervous jitters before starting first of three nights...very similar to stage fright!
5. Never go into work having had more than one cup of JOVE...cause you're looking to blow a fuse when the CODE begins 5 minutes into your shift! :redlight:
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 9, '07