I'm actually doing a Product Design degree at the moment and for my thesis/ final year project I'm thinking of doing something to improve the condition of night shift nurses, especially regarding fatigue and performance.
In order for me to fully grasp the needs and design opportunities, however, I'm going to need all the help from you guys! So, I'd be extremely grateful if you guys would answer my questions so I can get a better feel of what happens during your night shift and factors affecting it.
Here are the questions:
1. What is it like to work nightshift?
2. Can you tell me a little about your sleeping habit before a night shift?
2. During night shift, are you allowed to take a short nap during breaks by the hospitals?
3. If you are and you do, how long do you usually take a nap for?
4. Do you feel groggy after? If so, how long does it take you to recover?
5. Where do you take a nap? Is there a special room provided by the hospital for nurses to take a nap in?
6. What do you think are the barriers on having a nap on night shift?
7. Do you have any concerns about driving home during night shift?
8. If there is an especially designed 'Nap Room' available at the hospital, would you use it? What feature would you like it to have?
*Also, do you mind if you specify which country or city you work in?
I know it's quite alot, but I'd really appreciate it if you guys would answer them. Also, sorry if my English isn't very good/clear as it isn't my primary language. Again, thank you very much!
Mar 19, '13
by loriangel14 Guide
I don't work straight nights but as a part timer I pick up my fair share of nights.
1.Great as long as you are feeling good.I love having no management around.A lot of my patients sleep all night.
2.If I worked the night before I usually sleep 9-2 or so.Then another nap around4-6 if I am going in for 1930.If I am working an 8 and going in for 2330 I will nap after supper.If I didn't work the night beofre I will stay up most of the night and sleep all day.
3.I get around 1 1/2 - 2 hours for break and I can do whatever I want including sleep.
4.It usually takes me 5-10 minutes to wake up if I actually slept.A trip to the bathroom and a drink helps.
5.I lay down on an empty bed if there is one or I sometimes take a stretcher into an unoccupied lounge or clean supply room.
6.Barriers? If there are a lot of bells it's hard to tune them out.One I had to get up because they were going to admit to that bed. lol
7.Yes there have been a few nights I could hardly keep my eyes open.Window down, radio on.
8. A nap room would be great.I would prefer cots. Some say they would like recliners.
No tv or radio. Keep it quiet.Management was recently raising the idea of a break room where we could sleep.
I'm in Ontario Canada
Last edit by loriangel14 on Mar 19, '13