Night shift and Sleeping - page 10

This is a spinoff thread from the thread about the nurse getting caught sleeping. I have always wondered if everyone stays awake on night shift (RN Wise). I am a CNA (getting my BSN in May) and every NURSING HOME I have worked... Read More

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    Quote from DavidFR
    Was this years ago in the days of the fearsome old Night Sisters/Night Charge Nurses? I was a night Charge Nurse in the early 90s and I turned a blind eye to staff having a nap on their breaks. I left the UK ten years ago and nurses then always napped on night shift. I currently work nights in France - if we're too busy we don't nap, and if we're quiet, we do. I feel a hundred times fresher after even a ten minute doze and feel I'm probably safer after my nap than when I'm dog tired. Statistics in France show that a majority of nursing and medical mistakes occur between 2am and 3am on the night shift. It's just not normal to be awake and functioning at that hour. Your body's fighting against circadian rhythms, altering cortisol levels etc. and some of the above "no sleep no way" posters seem to have forgotten basic physiology. I find it frankly quite frightening that some nurses can't see that there is a difference between the day shift and the night shift.

    Sadly our profession will always have its superheroes - the kinds of nurses that stay late even if there's no need, go into work sick, even when they're infectious and can do a 904 hour shift without dozing off ever. That nurse ain't me. I care for my patients but I care about myself aswell.
    Yes we had the good old night sister however they was not fearsome and the hospital was very big in not allowing anyone to sleep during their shift and even now where I work in Canada we are not allowed to sleep and informed it is a sacking if caught.

    Sats if I remember rightly was something similar for the UK and oh so much is nights different to days but somehow management like to think that patients behave themselves on nights and go to sleep............................

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    I was a CNA for years.. I worked the midnight shift for several months. I never once fell asleep. I stayed up the entire shift. When I got home is a different story. I slept all day. Midnights is rough, but if you can handle, go for it. It's usually the quietest of all the shifts.
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    Quote from jaznia15
    This is a spinoff thread from the thread about the nurse getting caught sleeping. I have always wondered if everyone stays awake on night shift (RN Wise). I am a CNA (getting my BSN in May) and every NURSING HOME I have worked in, workers have slept between rounds mostly CNAs but some nurses (LPNs). I have a big fear that I will end up falling asleep during night shift in the hospital and was wondering what keeps night shift nurses up at night??? Is it an easy feat or does it require a bunch of coffee and willpower???
    Ha! I can't sleep at night (as evidenced by the fact that it's after 1 am and I'm up cleaning house then surfing the net). I've had problems sleeping at night for years, have found night shift to be a haven for me.

    I have problems when I have to float to dayshift. The past two weekends, I had to work dayshift both Saturdays and Sundays. I got a total of 6 hours sleep the weekend before last and this past weekend I got a total of 8 hours. I slept all day today..well, Monday I mean. I find myself needing to consume massive amounts of caffeine on the dayshift.

    I guess my natural rhythm is a night owl.
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    I do not like owrking nights. I have trouble sleeping during the day. Many nights my friends I wish I could lay my head on a pillow for even 30 minutes. Not allowed where I work!
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    Quote from KatieP86
    I have never once slept on nights, and I don't understand how someone could. I am always busy with something, even if it's just cleaning, or re-stocking, or filing notes. Give me any mundane task! I also drink a ton of tea or coca-cola to keep awake.

    If I'm *really* struggling, I blast a loud tune into my head on the iPod.
    I suppose blasting itunes on the job is more acceptable
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    Playing tunes isn't acceptable either IMO. We all have a professional image to uphold, and a responsibility to stay awake for these people. If you can't handle nights, don't work them. We're not paid to sleep. Unless of course, you are fully covered, and on your break. Maybe that's a little different. Even still, I know of some facilities that don't allow sleeping on breaks.
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    When I worked as a CNA in LTC, I would nap on my break if it was a rare night where residents were sleeping and no call lights were going off. I really don't see anything wrong with sleeping/napping on your break. I always felt rejuvenated after such naps.
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