You might be a night shifter if... - page 9

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  1. Visit  ShantheRN profile page
    6
    This thread is full of win!

    ...when you've been on a staycation for the past two weeks and still eat dinner around 0200 and consider going to bed at 0500 going to bed early.

    ...seeing bright daylight makes your sleep center panic. I met my aunt for lunch a few days ago and I kept saying "I'm not hungry, my body is telling me to go back to bed!"

    .....0430-0530 is the longest hour ever, yet at 0600 you start zooming through your charting, clearing pumps, mentally counting down the minutes!
    Savvy20RN, nrsang97, sharpeimom, and 3 others like this.
  2. Visit  duskyjewel profile page
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    ....when you have to hear yet another person say "wow, graveyard shift in a hospital must be so BORING; do you watch tv or something to pass the time?"

    argh.
    Seriously, that might be a death penalty offense. I swear to God, my patients in the hospital did anything BUT sleep, and the ones who did sleep, we constantly woke up for vitals or blood sugar checks. I can't even imagine the nightmare of having to deal with meals on top what I already do (I'm a CNA) and have no desire to ever switch and find out.
  3. Visit  duskyjewel profile page
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    And now for my own contribution:

    When you hear the evening drive guy on the radio saying, "TGIF! Welcome to the weekend!" on your way to work. And realize you have never once in your life ever held a job where Friday means ANYTHING! ;-)
  4. Visit  Nurse Leigh profile page
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    You occasionally don your sunglasses in the building because the interior lights are too bright and screwing with your sleep/wake pattern.
    sharpeimom and anotherone like this.
  5. Visit  LevenaMiller profile page
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    I know THAT one, especially on a full moon!
  6. Visit  CrufflerJJ profile page
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    Quote from danielle5454
    You become disoriented with time,place and person=)
    When checking a pt's orientation to time, I often find myself double-checking my watch & saying "you're right!". It's sad to realize just how fragile my grasp on the month-of-the-year can be at 0400.
    Soon2BNurse3 and wooh like this.
  7. Visit  Bluestem profile page
    7
    Worked nights for years, I've switched to days now... but I am STILL amazed that when I leave work it is STILL the same day as when I went in to work.
  8. Visit  MJB2010 profile page
    9
    My issue is that on the way home I aways want Chipotle or Pizza or some other dinner type food, yet nothing is open. I have definitely stopped at a stop sign and had someone honk behind me while I wait for it to turn green. I have also used my GPS so I don't miss my exit.
  9. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl profile page
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    Quote from nightnurse28
    You are called at all hours of the day to pick up shifts!

    If I haven't slept yet and I answer the call, I can't come to work in the next 4 hours. If I worked last night I'll be asleep when you call. I'm all for picking up the occasional shift, just give me some notice!
    Yes! We used to get this all the freakin' time. 1700 - want to come in for an extra shift? NO.

    --

    r/e the whole "Want me to turn on a light?"
    I always answer "I'm a night nurse. I can see in the dark."
    But what I'm really thinking is: you might really wake up if I turn on the lights. Want an extra oxy to help you sleep?
  10. Visit  anotherone profile page
    8
    You give a detailed report and sound like an idiot with messing up, " tonight, no yesterday night, no the night that just passed!" anyone else? i now just give dates 1/15 th night or 1/16th around 4 am .
  11. Visit  anotherone profile page
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  12. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    After getting home at 9am, at 1 pm , " are you still sleeping?" I can not stand this and reply in an angry tone , " do you sleep at 1 am after working 13 hours?"
    NBMom1225, teeniebert, Soon2BNurse3, and 7 others like this.
  13. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from anotherone
    You give a detailed report and sound like an idiot with messing up, " tonight, no yesterday night, no the night that just passed!" anyone else? i now just give dates 1/15 th night or 1/16th around 4 am .
    And God help you if you're trying to talk about something that happened a day ago on night shift.
    "Last night. No, not *this* last night, *last* last night."

    It ends up sounding like some sort of 'Who's on First?' bit....

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