Questions for Night Shift Nurses - page 4

Hi Nurses, 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... Read More

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    Here are the questions:
    1. What is it like to work nightshift?
    Generally a slower pace but not as much supportive staff availability when things occur

    2. Can you tell me a little about your sleeping habit before a night shift?
    I sleep normal and then try and take a 1-2 hr nap later in the day (spend that day being busy so maybe I'm ready for a nap)

    3. During night shift, are you allowed to take a short nap during breaks by the hospitals?
    We clock out for a 30 min lunch and can rest in the breakroom but can not go out to our car and sleep or anything like that

    4. If you are and you do, how long do you usually take a nap for? See above

    4. Do you feel groggy after? If so, how long does it take you to recover?
    Not really

    5. Where do you take a nap? Is there a special room provided by the hospital for nurses to take a nap in?
    No

    6. What do you think are the barriers on having a nap on night shift?
    Staffing is usual less and therefore we all need to be available in case something goes wrong. I work in mental health and there are 2 RN's for 24 patients with 3-4 techs

    7. Do you have any concerns about driving home during night shift?
    There have been days when I do but usually on mornings when I need to stay late for a meeting or something

    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?
    Prob not
    Last edit by arkool2004 on Mar 20, '13
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    Thanks for all the insights to the one who replied!

    Feel free to reply if anyone hasn't
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    Although I am a pre-nursing student, I have been a registered sleep technologist for the last 13 yrs. I work 3-4 12 hr night shifts per week. I have not had a problem with staying awake during my shifts. Is there a need to have "nap rooms" for night staff? I sleep 8 hrs during the day and have no fatigue during my shifts. Maybe it is the fact that I have a set schedule M-W and all my shifts are night shifts. I am sure that there may be an issues with nurses not consistently working night shifts. After the first 6 months of working nights, my body has adapted to sleeping during the day and awake at night even during my off days. I keep the same sleep/wake schedule regardless of work day or off day.
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    Your English is great! Now, excuse my English if it is difficult to understand as I am working a night shift right now ( :

    1. What is it like to work nightshift?

    It depends on the night and patient load, of course, but I have anywhere from 4 to 6 patients. Sometimes there is a PCT or NA, but oftentimes not. There are very few ancillary staff, so for instance if a patient needs to go for an urgent CT or Xray, nursing staff would have to transport the patient. Our patients rarely sleep through the night, and we must round on them hourly. We get vitals at 1900, 2300, 0400 and also draw blood, prep for any surgeries and obtain EKG's at 0400. I work an 18 bed telemetry unit.

    2. Can you tell me a little about your sleeping habit before a night shift?

    Usually from 10-5:30, but I sometimes have difficulty sleeping

    3. During night shift, are you allowed to take a short nap during breaks by the hospitals?

    No. We usually dont even leave the floor to eat dinner. If you are caught sleeping, you may be suspended, written up or fired.


    4. If you are and you do, how long do you usually take a nap for? N/A

    5. Do you feel groggy after? If so, how long does it take you to recover? N/A

    6. Where do you take a nap? Is there a special room provided by the hospital for nurses to take a nap in? N/A

    7. What do you think are the barriers on having a nap on night shift?

    Honestly, I dont believe its fair. Most nurses get a night shift differential to compensate them for working an inconvenient shift. Day shift nurses arent able to sleep, so why should we? Also, it reduces the number of staff on the floor, which is a liability on the unit if something goes wrong (patient fall, code, etc.)

    8. Do you have any concerns about driving home during night shift?

    I am usually well rested, so I am not concerned about it.

    9. If there is an especially designed 'Nap Room' available at the hospital, would you use it? No, I would be worried about the unit not having coverage. These patients just dont sleep at night! What feature would you like it to have? N/A

    Richmond, VA
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    I'm a SPN and a CCA, I work nights only(days in school has been a killer)


    1. What is it like to work nightshift?
    Love my nights, they can be busy but you get more time to work with clients who are awake, mostly because instead of dealing with meals and management and family we can actually deal with residents.
    2. Can you tell me a little about your sleeping habit before a night shift?
    The night before I have to work I stay up late and sleep in that day, I sleep until 5:30pm then go to work.
    2. During night shift, are you allowed to take a short nap during breaks by the hospitals?
    I'm at ltc and we can sleep on our break(we get 1 hour in one stretch for the entire night)
    3. If you are and you do, how long do you usually take a nap for?
    Usually I'm ok but if we're on lockdown and I've worked over 3 nights in a row I sleep on my break for the hour.
    4. Do you feel groggy after? If so, how long does it take you to recover?
    By the time I walk back down the hallway, I do checks on the way back to the nurses station, I'm awake not groggy.
    5. Where do you take a nap? Is there a special room provided by the hospital for nurses to take a nap in?
    We have an activity room with couches, during the day it can be occupied with family but at night it is empty and comfortable.
    6. What do you think are the barriers on having a nap on night shift?
    The patients and other co-workers are not always impressed if someone sleeps.
    7. Do you have any concerns about driving home during night shift?
    No but I live close to work and I work so many nights that it is not as tough on my system
    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?
    I would use it. Clean linen handy to change the linens. Quieter place to sleep (I think that's a joke or maybe wishful thinking)

    I work in SK Canada
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    Here goes:

    1. I prefer to work nights. I feel I can give better patient care without all the extra administration in the way. I have found that nightshift nurses work together as a team.

    2. I usually try to sleep in as much as possible the morning before I work a night shift. Sometimes it works out and then sometimes it doesnt. I have family responsibilities as well.

    3. We are not allowed naps while on shift. I guess if one was to take a nap on their break they would need to do in an area not visible to patients or family. They would also have to make sure they are back on duty on time.

    4. If I could take a nap I still wouldn't. I am at work to work and I just feel it is unprofessional.

    5. If I did take a nap I would feel groggy and I think it would just make the night longer for me.

    6. N/A

    7. Barriers: Responsibility!

    8. I only have a short drive after work, so it normally isn't a problem for me. When I do agency nursing though, if I am driving into the sun, I have a hard time staying awake. I have no problem pulling over in a safe area at those times and taking a short nap.

    9. I would not take a nap at work, even if an area was available. I want to be able to sleep well when I get home. It would be the same if I worked days.

    Oklahoma, United State of America
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    1. What is it like to work nightshift?

    I love night shift! It gives the opertunity to work independantly everyone on nights are usually a lot of fun and very helpful when things get sticky. It is difficult especially if there is a lot of sickness going around, fevers, vomiting and diarrhea seem to be at its worst at night and a lot of the time you are alone.

    2. Can you tell me a little about your sleeping habit before a night shift?

    I usually get out of work at 6:30 and I usually go to bed around 8 am and sleep till some where between 2-4pm, then I am up till I get out of work the next morning. If it is my day off then I usually keep a similar routine and stay up till 3-4 in the morning.

    3. During night shift, are you allowed to take a short nap during breaks by the hospitals?

    I work LTC but we are not given oppertunites to sleep on breaks, some nights however some of us really need to rest so some tell who ever is watching the floor for them while o break that they will be naping and where and we will come wake them when their break is over.

    3. If you are and you do, how long do you usually take a nap for?

    I do not chose to nap but when people need it, it is durring the 30 min break.

    4. Do you feel groggy after? If so, how long does it take you to recover?

    Many feel groggy after but once 4am comes we all get our secound wind!

    5. Where do you take a nap? Is there a special room provided by the hospital for nurses to take a nap in?

    No room they usually use the couch or they push two chairs together in the dinnig room.

    6. What do you think are the barriers on having a nap on night shift?

    Many of the administrative staff think that we are lazy and dont do anything so they would never think of providing or allowing naps on the night shift. Plus it could be a safety concern if you fall in a deep sleep and can not be woken by a page durring an emergency.

    7. Do you have any concerns about driving home during night shift?

    No I am usually still running on my secound wind I usually don't come down from it till 8am.

    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?

    I probably would, all I would want is for it to be dark quiet and to have clean sheets and blankets.
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    1. What is it like to work nightshift?
    I have been working nigh shift for 1.5 years now. I love that it's quiet. Less medication and less treatments to perform. However, you'll have twice the number of patients compared to day and eve shift. So, the caseload is the same. I hate it when other shifts think that night shift staff have it easier. They have no idea how hard it is.

    2. Can you tell me a little about your sleeping habit before a night shift?
    When I work 2 nights in a row, I sleep from 2 PM to 10 PM for a 2245-0715 shift.
    If I'm off the following night, I stay awake as much as I can so I can sleep that night. So our biological rhythm is screwed up.


    2. During night shift, are you allowed to take a short nap during breaks by the hospitals? NOOO WAAYYYY... we're not supposed to but somehow other staff manage to get some naps. I can never have enough peace of mind to sleep on the job. It's unethical and unprofessional.

    3. If you are and you do, how long do you usually take a nap for? (N/A)

    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? If we were provided a nap room, I don't think I'll even use it. My mind will be too awake and too concern for my patients so I'll never be able to take a nap.

    6. What do you think are the barriers on having a nap on night shift? I don't think night shift staff should be allowed to take a nap at work in the first place.


    7. Do you have any concerns about driving home during night shift? My husband drop me and pick me up from work.Most of the time, I sleep while hubby is driving.

    8. If there is an especially designed 'Nap Room' available at the hospital, would you use it? No.
    What feature would you like it to have?

    I live in Hawaii.


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