Night Shift For Newbies - page 8

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most of us donít 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 minuses to working eight hour... Read More

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    Love/hate for sure. I have been doing the night shift thing in health care for about 5 yrs. I never want to leave night shift! That being said, it takes a toll on me. I have 24 hrs left to put in for a dayshift spot, that would definitely be mine, and cannot bring myself to do it. I love the daytime hours, have always loved getting up before the sunrise etc. I am in no way interested in all the "hoo haa" of day shift ie; doctors, family, other dept's having their hands in my stuff, and so on. I started my RN vocation with the night crew I have presently and am so indebted to them for mentoring me, and the team aspect, bar a couple, is something I don't even want to try to do without. This thread is GOOD! I need to heed the advice given here better than I do. Oh, and the "time to myself" aspect is irreplaceable. If I went to day shift i would never get alone time.
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    Great tips! I really enjoy night shift. I love sitting around the round table on the ward on a quieter night and getting to chat with the other nurses. Night shift is just part of being a nurse... somebody has to care for those patients
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    Great article! I'm a new grad and I've been on night shift for the past 2 nights for the first time. And I must isn't too bad adjusting sleep-wise. I think I am going to like it. It is definitely LESS chaotic which is a plus due to the higher patient load. It is way more relaxed; however, things can still get busy, patients are still needy and the unexpected still happens.

    The first night before my first night shift, I slept a full 7 hours (I just couldn't make my body stay awake through the night)- during the day, I had about 6 hours of sleep - I wear a chilled eye mask :-). I wake up at 1600 to eat and get dressed. I then leave to work for 1845. I was a little restless towards the end but not too much. My commute home is 45 minutes which sucks, but I was definitely awake. Got home, ate breakfast, went to sleep at about 0900, slept until 1500ish, ate then work for 1845. This night was better. I didn't get sleepy- maybe because I ate actually. Got off of work and wasn't sleepy at all during my commute. Got home, shower, ate breakfast. I went to sleep about 1000, woke up about 1330 and drank some coffee. Plan to sleep regularly through the night. And even though the pace is slower - time still flies. I am not sure how consistent this schedule is going to be since I've only worked 2 night shifts, so I am just praying for the best.
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    I've worked 12-hour nights for six years. I like the (relative) peace and quiet -- no doctors, no discharges, very few family members, admissions only occasionally, and no managers. Also, I work a 24-bed unit that's well staffed, so I have a lot of downtime.

    What everybody on here has said about sleep is very true. I learned the hard way that you can only manage so long on 3-4 hours sleep per 24-hour period; so now I pull all the shades and make sure I get in my 6-7 hours.

    I generally pack real food for lunch and make sure I drink lots of water during the shift.

    Also? Never drink hot cocoa on nights. It puts you to sleep.
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