Does anyone else get rostered quick returns?
On my ward everyone does different shifts, some 5 hrs some 7 & , a 1/2, some 12hrs. I work 12 hrs. We are all expected to do work a mixture of nights and days, which is not to bad when you get all nights together. But frequently we are expected to work a 12 hr nightshift, have 24 hrs off & do a 12 hr day shift the next day. I personally feel ill & unsafe doing this & have so far managed to swap my way out of this situation. Some other members of staff thrive on 4 hrs of sleep per night and do not mind this situation.I need 7 - 8, & it takes a couple of days to get myself feeling somewhat normal after nights. Unfortunately I have a toddler and cannot prepare for the night shift by grabbing an hours sleep, so I am usually awake for 26 hours, but apparently many other nurses never sleep before there 1st night.
How safe is it to work such a mixture if shifts?
I used to be much more efficient when I worked all days or all nights.How does everyone else cope?
Dec 6, '01
We don't usually do too much bouncing from nights to days, but it does happen. More frequently for us is doubling back from 3-11 to 7-3 the next day. That's another killer. By the time you get home depending on the drive and try to fall asleep right away(not) the alarm goes off.
I used to do this alot but I'm getting too old. I work steady 3-11 now and only work the other shifts occasionally to cover for call offs.