Sleeping during nightshift!! - page 8

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   wanetta
    You'll lose your license for sleeping in Ms too. Not too many years back, a nurse and 2 cna's were caught sleeping at a LTC facility. The nurse lost her license and the cnas lost their certifications. It was a small facility and only one nurse there. I wonder what would happen if the only nurse in a facility working the noc shift would have a heart attack or worse? Would she lose her license due to abandment? Just a thought.
  2. by   ZootRN
    Not many years ago in different country, I was in the hospital as patient, receiving antibiotics IM around the clock. One of the dose was at midnight. As a patient, you supposed to get out of bed at time the dose is due and go to the procedure room to receive your shot. On one of the nights, I overslept and woke up around 2 or 3 am. Horrified about missed shot, I went about the unit to find the nurse, and found her sleeping on a sofa in the doctors' room. I still remember pretty vividly her yelling how rude of me it was to wake her up to demand my stupid shot.
    Oh yes, I forgot to add hospital did not supply any medications. You had to bring your own meds, and syringes, and alcohol wipes.
  3. by   lorster
    Quote from wanetta
    You'll lose your license for sleeping in Ms too. Not too many years back, a nurse and 2 cna's were caught sleeping at a LTC facility. The nurse lost her license and the cnas lost their certifications. It was a small facility and only one nurse there. I wonder what would happen if the only nurse in a facility working the noc shift would have a heart attack or worse? Would she lose her license due to abandment? Just a thought.

    What you do on your thirty minute break, is your own business unless you are on the clock. You cannot be terminated for sleeping on your break. Period.
  4. by   StNeotser
    Quote from silly1982
    WHAT I'M READING IS CRAZY


    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:
    Amen!

    We have an hour break at noc and most people take advantage of the time to sleep. It's funny about the 30 minute thing but sometimes I feel like I've been asleep for hours.

    There is a downside though;

    There are however some aides that think it's OK to be asleep whenever there isn't a light going off/doing rounds, which might account for about five hours a night. It isn't acceptable on my floor but apparently can be on others. When they come to my floor they start ******** about the fact that I am "mean" because I wake them up.

    I am in the USA
  5. by   NHNurseMan
    Quote from KellNY
    nursey, I agree.

    Ask any supervisor, and I think the consensus will be that, as long as it's not illegal, an RN, CNA, whatever should be allowed to do whatever they want on their UNPAID (or paid, if you're lucky) break. Sleep, shoot craps, eat, go for a jog, have sex, twiddle your thumbs, read a book, do a crossword puzzle, pray, (though hopefully not all at the same time-although that would be interesting to see ) whatever.
    Me thinks I want to work with you, I love doing all those things at the same time......though never at work.........and the reading while doing a crossword puzzle is tuff

    But in all seriousness I see no problem with taking a nap during ones break (paid or unpaid, morning noon or night). As long as you're on the floor doing your job when you are supposed to be what is the problem? I have napped on all three shifts, and have always told the charge exactly where I would be.

    I do agree that anyone sleeping during their work timeis unacceptable, and should be dealt with strongly.
  6. by   Thanet
    I work in a psychiatric unit, there are three murderers there, including one who has killed a nurse. Most of the others have attempted murder or serious bodily harm. ... I wouldn't DARE to fall asleep.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from nurseangel47
    Jamonit: Wonder how funny YOU'D think it is when it's you or one of your relatives who suffer needlessly at the hands of a nurse who is off sleeping in his/her car during their break?
    About like one would feel if they same relative was being suffered for by being cared for by an overtired/hungry nurse that did not get appropriate sustenance during her shift.

    I do not sleep at work.

    That said, why are we not paid for our breaks, since few of us get an "unbroken" break, in which we are not on beck and call to everyone.
  8. by   wanetta
    We're on the clock from the time we start our shift until the time it is over. So we get paid breaks. But sleeping is a no-no.
    I woundn't dare sleep on my watch. Of course, I don't have small children at home and I do get my sleep during the day.
  9. by   Tweety
    Recently a coworker went to her car for her unpaid break to take a nap. It wound up being 3 hours. She didn't tell anyone and they called security and was ready to call the police.

    Needless to say she got "demoted" to dayshift after nearly 20 years on the night shift.
  10. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Tweety
    Needless to say she got "demoted" to dayshift after nearly 20 years on the night shift.
    Heck we have people waiting to get day shifts....so that's how you get them!!!!
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Heck we have people waiting to get day shifts....so that's how you get them!!!!
    This is true.
  12. by   lorster
    Quote from Thanet
    I work in a psychiatric unit, there are three murderers there, including one who has killed a nurse. Most of the others have attempted murder or serious bodily harm. ... I wouldn't DARE to fall asleep.

    lol, think i'll stay awake for that one
  13. by   PHLEBOTOMIST_TO_RN
    I use to bang my phlebotomy tray right against their heads on the desk to wake them up......I made sure everyone knew they were sleeping on the job to.

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