Night Shift For Newbies - page 2
most of us don't get much choice over whether or not we work nights, although we might get a choice about when. we also get a choice about how we handle our night rotations. there are plusses and... Read More
Feb 13, '11 by SAHMStudentThanks for all the tips. I am scared about the drive home more than anything else. I have an hour commute, and am freaked out about the driving. Does anyone take a quick nap in the car before driving home, or does the sleepy feeling hit halfway through your commute?
Feb 14, '11 by Ruby Vee, BSN, RNQuote from sahmstudenti get sleepy as soon as i hit the interstate. so either i avoid the interstate or i talk to someone on the phone while i'm driving -- with a hands-free headset of course.thanks for all the tips. i am scared about the drive home more than anything else. i have an hour commute, and am freaked out about the driving. does anyone take a quick nap in the car before driving home, or does the sleepy feeling hit halfway through your commute?
Feb 15, '11 by opjewelthanks for the reassuring words Ive learnt a lot from you, I'm not particularly a fan of the night shift,
but Ive learnt to cope either ways whenever i have to do my night shift.
I work in a facility where we run both day and night shifts, and i seriously remember those moments when i say long prayers just because am about to begin my shift, but good enough those days are over as ive learnt to adjust with time.
you leave when the others are just about to start their work, just about the time when the heat is
As for snacking its a "NO" for me i eat more of fruits and veggies, with plenty of fluids.
while driving home i chew gum to keep me alert and play good music.Last edit by opjewel on Feb 15, '11
Feb 16, '11 by Meg, RNQuestion: I'm trying to figure out how to revert back to a regular sleep schedule on my days off. Is it better to sleep through the day and then try to sleep through the next night? Or do ya'll just stay up all day after your last night shift and then sleep through the night? Where I live is not interesting enough to make me want to keep the vampire lifestyle, lol. Me and Benadryl are BFFs
Feb 16, '11 by Elvish, BSN, RN GuideI have to switch back and forth so on my last day off I sleep for a few hours (usually 4-5) and then go to bed around 2230 that night. Sometimes it takes a while to fall asleep but if I can get a good 5 hours of sleep in that first night off I'm at least functional the next day.
Feb 16, '11 by HGarcia1195Quote from CobwebWorking nights, I got very little sun exposure, and was surprised to find out that my Vitamin D level was in the sub-basement, despite the fact that I take Viactiv. You might like to talk to your doctor about taking some extra Vitamin D--it really made me feel a LOT better.
I have the same exact problem too! I bet this a more common occurrence with night shift nurses. I actually forgot about my doctor telling me about 6 months ago that my vitamin D level was low, so thanks for the reminder!
Feb 17, '11 by BrandNewbieNurseI love making 11,232 dollars more base pay as a night shifter...that, and not having certain nuisances breathing over my neck!
Feb 18, '11 by NewAggieGrad09GREAT ARTICLE! I rotate, so that in itself is a task! However, strangely enough, I find that I get MORE sleep when I am on nights. I'm a night owl, so when I am working days, I usually dont get to bd until 12-1am, and I'm back up at 5...but on night shift, I tend to go to bed as soon as I get home if I don't work out or have some other errand to run and I sleep until 4pm, shower and dress, then eat dinner and relax until I leave out at 6:15 pm.
Eating on night shift is also an issue. Since I eat dinner before coming to work on nights, I feel guilty for eating another meal during my shift, so I do tend to eat unhealthy snacks. I may or may not eat when I get off night shift, which in itself is bad. *shame on me*
I need to try cutting off my cell phone. The sun doesnt bother me, it's my friends/family that txt/call me, knowing this is my week to work nights. I literally had to hold my tongue after my boyfriend called TWICE this afternoon while I tried to sleep to rest for my 2nd night in a row....he has yet to understand why I sleep during the day (he works nights as well,at times, but will stay up all frickin day...NOT I!).
Feb 19, '11 by gracedRNI love night shift!
I love the patients, who are more open with talking and sharing at night, with no families and no ancillary staff; and not every doctor on the case running in and out.
I love the camaraderie with my coworkers. We are a well oiled machine during a night shift crisis, we have to be.
I love being home when my angel comes home from school, and we can have dinner together.
I am blessed to be close enough to walk to work, and jog home, so I keep up with my exercise.
Oh, yeah, don't ask if I want to switch to days.
Feb 21, '11 by WillowNMeQuote from Meg, RNSounds horrible, but I stay up. I am switching to twelve hour shifts this week, so we'll see how that goes, but on 8 hour shifts I would stay up. I got more of a day in and then it "forced" me to sleep that next night because I was tired. I find that Benedryl makes me sleepy, but it doesn't knock me out... so if I am not dog dead tired when I take it, I will wake up and be absolutely exhausted yet unable to fall asleep.Question: I'm trying to figure out how to revert back to a regular sleep schedule on my days off. Is it better to sleep through the day and then try to sleep through the next night? Or do ya'll just stay up all day after your last night shift and then sleep through the night?
Feb 21, '11 by WillowNMeQuote from NewAggieGrad09Because of working the night shift, my friends and family never know when to call me, so they don't - great, but then all of a sudden they would call me in a panic because, "Oh yeah, I couldn't get a hold of you so I planned this for you and its today." The other thing I deal with is me answering the phone without being awake.... I always get feed back the next day, "You answered, but you sounded super groggy but you said we were okay to keep talking!" Really!? Hang up!!I need to try cutting off my cell phone. The sun doesnt bother me, it's my friends/family that txt/call me, knowing this is my week to work nights. I literally had to hold my tongue after my boyfriend called TWICE this afternoon while I tried to sleep to rest for my 2nd night in a row....he has yet to understand why I sleep during the day (he works nights as well,at times, but will stay up all frickin day...NOT I!).
Feb 22, '11 by silverbat, ASN, RNI worked nights for 15 years, and loved them!!! If I could do my current job at night, I would!! My schedule was.. work 12 hr night, get home about 8 am, and right to bed after toast and an egg, etc.,, then sleep until 4pm, then up, make supper for me and hubby, eat, off to work at 5 30, ( worked 7-7, but had 45 min commute). I generally took leftovers or a Lean Cuisine, etc., with fruit or salad to eat at work. When I got home, eat, light, then bed, if I was off that night, I would sleep until noon or 1, then up and to bed with family. The next day, I would get up when I wanted, go to bed when I wanted, and then sleep late the next day until 11 or later , to be back at work that night. May sund weird, but it worked!!
I got curtains that darkened the room, thick blinds, etc., gotta have the loud fan, and turned off the phones. I left the answering machine on in the living room, but I couldn't hear it in my room.
Yes, I have taken a nap in a safe area in order to make it home. I have also slept while driving...hummmm I don't reccommend that, though!!
Night shift staff are the best!!!! Also, I enjoy not having all the "big-wigs" around all the time!!!!