Sleeping during nightshift!! - page 7

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   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from casbeezgirlrn
    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 !
    it is a cow stretching her tongue to her nostril lol.
  2. by   GardenDove
    Her avatar is a calf picking it's nose with it's tongue.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from GardenDove
    Her avatar is a calf picking it's nose with it's tongue.
    That too lol.
  4. by   GooeyRN
    People do not sleep during night shift where I currently work. Occassionally, someone will on their lunch break. It isn't a paid break anyway, so who cares what they do on their own unpaid time? I sure don't. I don't care if people on dayshift nap during their unpaid break either. Whats the difference in taking a snooze or a ride to burger king? Either way you are unavailable to your patients. And if you aren't clocked in/getting paid, you should not have to be available. (putting on flame suit now)

    I have seen a few people accidentally fall asleep at the desk on the rare slow night. We snap a picture of them or paint their finger nails with white out. :trout: Not a very nice thing to do, but its funny. (again putting on the flame suit)

    The last place I worked the one nurse would take a paid snooze every night and I had to cover his unit while he slept. That wasn't very fun.
  5. by   aakrn
    I hate to say.....but where I am (out of the country) all nurses on night shift 7P-7A take their hour and a half break and sleep. It is the norm outside the US. Where I was previously working in the states you would have been fired!
  6. by   azlisa
    I do work nocs, and I am usually a day person. So at 2a or so, I take trash bags out to the dumpster. The cold fresh air seems to refresh my brain. Since we start getting pts up at 4:30a or so, and it's 18-20 pts needed up for 7a breakfast. The last part of the 12hr shift is busy, same as the first 4-6hrs at start of shift. My hrs are 6p-6:30a.
  7. by   wanetta
    Gee...I followed this post all the way to the end just to find out that it didn't really apply to me. I work in a small LTC facility. I am the only nurse in the building on the noc shift. Do I sleep, even for a 30 minute break. I think not! Would I if I had another nurse to cover for me? I really don't think I would. Like others, a 30 minute nap wouldn't do me any good. Probably leave me wanting more.:chuckle
  8. by   RN BSN 2009
    Unacceptable!
  9. by   silly1982
    WHAT I'M READING IS CRAZY

    WHAT ARE YOU ALL DOING TO YOURSELVES? NOT being able to sleep on a night shift, reporting other nurses, getting written up, slaving away...

    I passed the NCLEX and let me tell you, there is no way I'll take a nights position. Ever.

    This is how it works here in Vancouver Canada

    Not only is the starting salary 27 something for a new grad...after two years I'm making $29 something. Buttt....

    * We only have 4 patients per shift...max five on Night shifts
    * On night shifts, depending on the floor we sleep 2-2.5/3 hours
    * We go to the lounge or empty rooms and sleep. We get woken up by half the nurses that stay behind to watch OUR and their own patients.
    * Then, we look after theirr patients when they go to sleep.
    * Result: everyone is happy, gets along, no one writes no one up, everyone feels much better in the morning.

    I"ve had one night in the last two years where I didn't get any sleep and I felt like I would throw up by 6am. Not a very nice feeling. Imagine what that does to your body!

    Please, why are you all writing each other up and treating each other so badly. There isn't only one way to be a good nurse, patients are just as safely taken care of here, as where you live.

    :uhoh21:
  10. by   MaraG.
    I work on Vancouver Island, also in BC. I am a casual employee that works on 3 different floors. During a night shift (1930-0730) we take a 30m meal break once all of our pt's are settled and meds are given. A few hours later one group of nurses goes for a 2 hour break, some sleep some do not. What you do is your choice. Then after that 2 hours those nurses are woken up and the second group goes. During break time we report off to each other just like a normal break. We do our hourly rounds for each other and deal with any problems. There has only been one time that I have worked and the charge nurse had to be woken up. One of the nurses (one that was NOT on break) pt's had gone hypoglycemic (BS 1.6).
    I personally don't sleep on my breaks. It just does not work for me. But I recognize the need for it, as long as the pt's are all taken care of.
  11. by   lorster
    Quote from aakrn
    I hate to say.....but where I am (out of the country) all nurses on night shift 7P-7A take their hour and a half break and sleep. It is the norm outside the US. Where I was previously working in the states you would have been fired!
    Finally, a post that makes sense. The country you are in has the right idea. These self righteous nurses on this board who feel that nurses should not take a nap during their "unpaid" breaks are the professions "know it alls" I'm sure most of them are day shift nurses who either had NEVER worked a night shift...or have not worked one in so long, they don't remember how long it can be. Anytime an employee can close their eyes and sleep for a short period of time to regain some lost energy, has to be an advantage for the nurse, patient and hospital. I was a single mom with three very young daughters and I worked night shift at a hospital. I took my 30 minute break, every shift, and yes, I slept. I would go home, send the babysitter home, get my children up, dressed, and fed, and drive them to school and day care. I would then go home, clean my house and go to bed by noon. I would get up at about 4 when they would get off the bus. I did this day after day, night after night and it helped keep food on my kids table. Don't sit and judge another nurse for what he or she does, on his or her break at work. You have no idea what his or her life is like at home. This may be the most sleep they get in a day. Quit being super nurse and think about those that you work with and help them, as well as your patients. I cannot believe I am a member of such an uncaring, scathing profession.
  12. by   liebling5
    Quote from silly1982
    WHAT I'M READING IS CRAZY

    This is how it works here in Vancouver Canada
    * We only have 4 patients per shift...max five on Night shifts

    :uhoh21:
    Ok, that's it! I'm moving to Canada! :hatparty:
    Seriously, there was recently an uproar about noc folks sleeping and a memo that being caught is grounds for termination. Not worth it!
  13. by   nurseKim28590
    yeah, you lose your license for that in NC...I work nights, and the ones that I have seen doing it (techs, US, other unlicensed personell) tend to get away with more...though I saw someone recently get sent home on the spot for nodding in a conference room. It's not really the norm where I work.

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