Sleeping during nightshift!! - page 6

This is not my first night shift position and I am shocked at how many people at this hospital sleep during their shift. I'm not talking about nodding off for a couple minutes either. They are... Read More

  1. by   Cattitude
    Quote from gardendove
    er docs sleep every night at our one doc er, and if there is a code coming in, they wake him up. what's the difference? i'll tell you what, nurses are supposed to have a martyr syndrome and be handmaidens of mercy, always sacrificing their last ounce of life blood for their pts, family, and anyone else who needs them.
    oooohh you said it and thank you! at the hospital affiliated w/my homecare, they have nice little rooms and beds for the docs. so when the doc has to do 16 hrs it's ok for nappy time but not a nurse?? give me a break, pardon the pun!!!
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  2. by   Cattitude
    Quote from kellny
    hilarious.

    show me the rules where the bon or adn (or whomever) can dictate what an employee does on his/her break.

    we are not superheros. we are legally entitled to a 30 minute break (plus one or two 15 minute breaks). we are not paid for these breaks. if a nap makes someone feel refreshed, then so be it. if (leaving the unit for) a cup of coffee does that, cool. if you need a few cigarettes (which is a pet peeve of mine, but whatever), then go ahead. if you need a snack wrap from mcdonalds to boost your sugar and your protein, chow down.

    no one is saying "well, if it's slow, there's nothing wrong with napping for a few hours". no one is saying "i have to work nights, so my employer owes me nappy time!". we are saying that this is a legally entitled, in most cases unpaid break which we are technically off the clock and have passed on report to a competant rn.

    no one should be expected to be a martyr. everyone should be expected to perform their duties competantly while "on the clock". no one should be policed during their time (and yes, it is their time! not the employers). what is so hard to grasp about this concept?
    yes, kell, agree,agree, and agree again.. and another thing.. why does it really bother people so much what other people do on their break? i don't give a hoot what anyone does on their break, just give me report and go!
    [color=#483d8b]are all these responses from noc nurses???
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Are all these responses from NOC nurses???
    Saw that coming...

    I have worked 12 hour nursing night shifts, for OR and ER.
  4. by   Cynjon
    "This is not my first night shift position and I am shocked at how many people at this hospital sleep during their shift. I'm not talking about nodding off for a couple minutes either. They are slumped over in chair, head on the desk drooling all over themselves (at the nurses station!). Their little slumber lasts 1-2 hours, some even sneak off and sleep in their vehicles for this amount time. During this time almost everybody is busy, and even busier because they're pick up their slack."

    The OP was NOT about anyone sleeping on their lunch break but sleeping at the nurses station for one to two hours. BIG difference! I don't care what you do on your break. But when you are getting paid I expect you to be awake and working. Not sleeping, not taking personal calls, not flirting with the resident etc......
  5. by   caliotter3
    Ditto what Cynjon posted. I have followed this thread and noticed people have been getting their panties/shorts in a twist over break time vs on the job time. What it boils down to as far as I am concerned is taking care of the pt. Yes, there is a difference between what is negligence per a Nursing Board (NC as stated by some) and what is an employer-employee matter. What I choose to do to make certain that my pts are cared for during my time on the clock is my business. There is no justice in me suffering repercussions b/c somebody else gets paid to sleep most of the time. If I want to take care of my pts I will do so, and no one better tell me otherwise just b/c peer pressure rules. I do not go to the boss to tattle. I only tell the truth if I am confronted. For the record, I have only described in short terms flagrant pt neglect, not 5 min here or there or a simple comm glitch. We all can see the slackers, that's what we have eyes for. If I have to take up the slack for their pts, I do so, as quietly as possible, but I remember. I have never been commended by any supvr for sleeping on noc shift but I can say that I have seen those that do sleep for a living protected by the inaction of supvrs. Morale busting for anyone.
  6. by   GardenDove
    I'm at work and had a lovely 50 minute nap on my break, relieved by the house supervisor. I awoke, as usual, on the dot, and returned to immediately assist my GI bleed to the BSC. I feel refreshed.
  7. by   DutchgirlRN
    I've never saw anyone blantly sleeping during the 12 years I worked nights. They would have been fired for sure. Once I feel asleep while using the bathroom. About 30 minutes later they came looking for me. I was embarrased but I did feel better for the remainder of the shift. I finally had to quit nights because it was ruining my health.
  8. by   nurseangel47
    Thank you NrsKarenRN, for making my prior post seem less hostile!
  9. by   Myxel67
    Quote from Drysolong
    As a supervisor, what did you "allow" your subordinates to do during their "unpaid" lunch breaks? I'm new to nursing, but have been in the workforce 30+ years, and I think it's "totally ridiculous" for another human being to think that they can control what I do "off-the-clock". (Of course with the exception of illegal activities or activities that would impair my ability as a nurse to care for my patients (duties).

    When I worked nights (for 9 years), It was against hospital policy to sleep or nap during shift. Also could not leave hospital grounds. No-nap policy was seldom enforced. My husband is an airtraffic controller. They are not allowed to leave facility while at work. But because they can be called back to their positions at any time, meal and break times are paid.
  10. by   Cattitude
    Quote from gardendove
    i'm at work and had a lovely 50 minute nap on my break, relieved by the house supervisor. i awoke, as usual, on the dot, and returned to immediately assist my gi bleed to the bsc. i feel refreshed.
    g'morning my sister in sleep . no one will still answer this question. if the pt's are being covered, you're on break, your supervisor knows about the nap, what is the problem???
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  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    No one will still answer this question. If the pt's are being covered, you're on break, your supervisor KNOWS about the nap, WHAT is the problem???



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    Alright, here ya go.

    Aside from the opinion that i don't agree with sleeping on the job, the fact that sleeping on the job = termination where i work. Then that would mean, no money for house payment, car payment, health insurance, food, and i call that a problem.

    Just because the supervisor knows doesn't mean they'll CYA when the feces hit the vent.
  12. by   PANurseRN1
    It is interesting, though, that in the ED docs are allowed to go back in their lounge and sleep...sometimes for over an hour. At night there are plenty of times when there is down time, sometimes even no pts. but nurses still cannot sleep for their 1/2 hour break.

    Just an observation.
  13. by   Cattitude
    Quote from marie_lpn
    alright, here ya go.

    aside from the opinion that i don't agree with sleeping on the job, the fact that sleeping on the job = termination where i work. then that would mean, no money for house payment, car payment, health insurance, food, and i call that a problem.

    just because the supervisor knows doesn't mean they'll cya when the feces hit the vent.
    thank you. i certainly cannot encourage anyone to go against their hospital policy.
    now one more question. it's driving me bonkers. maybe i'm just not getting it. what is your avatar? i'm looking at it from all different directions and i just can't figure it out? i feel like an idiot !


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